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World Rugby issue 'adverse weather' update as a new typhoon approaches landfall

Reporting from Toyko: World Rugby have issued a weather update as a new typhoon approaches Japan.

The storm – named Typhoon Mitag – could potentially threaten at least one game at the tournament and the global body say they are continuing to monitor the situation.

The storm system is forecast to be a minimal Category 1 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

The statement reads:

“World Rugby and Japan Rugby 2019 are monitoring Typhoon Mitag, which is developing off the south west coast of Japan.

“Based on the latest information from our weather information provider and the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon could bring high winds and heavy rain to the southern island of Kyushu on 2 October, possibly impacting the France versus USA match at Fukuoka.

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“The latest information indicates that the typhoon is moving further away from Japan’s coastline than originally predicted, and the impact risk is reducing. However, in the best interests of the teams and the integrity of the tournament, we have informed France and the USA of the contingency plans in the event that adverse weather means that it is not possible to play the match in Fukuoka on the scheduled date.

“We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation in partnership with our weather information provider, local authorities, transport providers and the teams, and will provide a further update tomorrow. Fans are advised to monitor official Rugby World Cup channels for any updates.

“Fans visiting from outside Japan are reminded that while typhoons can vary in terms of strength and intensity, they are a normal occurrence in Japan and the vast majority have minimal impact on daily life.”

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World Rugby issue 'adverse weather' update as a new typhoon approaches landfall