The choice has been made because of human safety. It was not made lightly. World Rugby pondered it long.
But ultimately theyve decided theyve got to place safety first. And it is the choice that is ideal.
Englands Pool C clash with France at Yokahama is the first World Cup game to be cancelled, and the Pool B match between Italy and New Zealand has followed suit.
The decision has been made because is huge.
It is group five – and – stated to beabusive. Deliver wind speeds of 160 miles per hour and it is going to strike on Saturday.
If it hits, it will be the most abusive typhoon to strike Japan in 26 decades. You cannot be playing rugby in a typhoon.
Yes it is disappointing, but I think folks will accept its the ideal choice.
However, there are questions on whether World Rugby have put the contingency plans in place. They knew they were planning to hold a World Cup in typhoon season.
The organisers have defended the decision, saying they haveno regrets whatsoever.
World Rugby championship director Alan Gilpin said:We always knew there will be risks. Its uncommon for a typhoon of this size to create this impact late In typhoon season. Safety is priority
However, while England proceed through to the quarter-finals anyway, the big one on Sunday is the decider in Yokahama of Scotland.
The typhoon should have passed by then but what might happen afterwards is nearer of infrastructure, there might be harm to flooding and the scene.
Thus morning World Rugby are likely to make a decision on such game on Sunday.
If that match is cancelled it could be deemed a draw and 2 points would be awarded. That would be extraordinary.
Scotland are demanding contingencies plans be put to compete to get a quarter-final spot on the pitch. But World Rugby have created apparent that rescheduling the game isnt an option.
What is apparent is that Typhoon Hagibis has brought harm before it has even arrived.