The decision has been made because of human security. It was not made lightly. World Rugby pondered it long.
But theyve decided theyve got to place safety first. And it is the right decision.
Englands Pool C clash with France at Yokahama is the first World Cup game to be cancelled, and the Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy has followed suit.
The decision has been made since the typhoon thats going towards the coast of Japan is enormous.
Its group five – and said to beviolent. Its going to strike on Saturday and bring wind speeds of 160 mph.
If it strikes, it is going to be the most abusive typhoon. You just cannot be playing rugby at a super typhoon.
Yes it is disappointing, however, I believe folks will accept its the ideal choice.
There are concerns on whether World Rugby have put the perfect contingency plans in place. They understood they were going to maintain a World Cup at typhoon season.
The organisers have defended the decision, stating they haveno regrets at all.
World Rugby tournament manager Alan Gilpin said:We always knew there will be risks. It is uncommon for a typhoon of the magnitude to create this impact so late In typhoon season. Safety is priority
However, while England go through into the quarter-finals anyhow, the large one on Sunday is Scotlands decider in Yokahama.
The typhoon must have passed by then but what could happen afterwards is nearer of infrastructure, there could be harm to flooding and the stadium.
Thus morning World Rugby are likely to make a determination.
If this game is cancelled it might be deemed a draw and 2 points would be awarded to both sides, which might see Scotland head from the tournament because of a typhoon. That would be extraordinary.
Scotland are demanding contingencies programs be put to compete for a quarter-final place on the pitch. However, World Rugby have made apparent that rescheduling the game is not an alternative.
Whats apparent is before its even came that Typhoon Hagibis has brought harm.