World Rugby have revealed that another match is under threat thanks to the damage being wrought by Typhoon Hagibis.


The match between Namibia versus Canada in Kamaishi is the latest that could be cut after a warning from the Governor of Iwate prefecture.

The World Rugby decision on Sunday’s match (13 October) will be made after the venue inspection early next morning – at approximately 6am Japanese time (10pm GMT).

A World Rugby statement reads: “World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee notes and supports the strong recommendation issued by the Governor of Iwate prefecture and the Major of Kamaishi warning all residents and visitors to seek safe shelter.

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“Safety is our number one consideration and with Typhoon Hagibis predicted to impact Kamaishi in the early hours of Sunday morning, we continue to be in close contact with the city and the local authorities regarding the viability of hosting the match on Sunday as scheduled.

“We have advised the Namibia and Canada teams of the current situation and potential of cancellation, and our message to fans not currently in Kamaishi is not to travel before confirmation of the match status following a full assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure early on Sunday morning.


“Fans should keep up to date with the latest information relating to all Sunday’s matches via the official Rugby World Cup 2019 social and digital channels, including the @Japan2019_ENG Twitter account.”

“According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, this typhoon is anticipated to be the most powerful storm of the year, so be prepared and stay safe.

“Remain indoors, check typhoon-related updates regularly and follow the advice of local authorities including any evacuation orders and ensure you have basic food provisions. Keep travel documents and essential medication with you in case you have to move at short notice and let family and friends in your home country know you are safe.”


England’s group decider against France on Saturday has been cancelled due to the approach of Super Typhoon Hagibis in one of the most extraordinary days in 32 years of World Cup history. Statement with World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin.

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