The choice was made because of human security. It wasnt made lightly. World Rugby pondered it long into the evening.
But finally they have decided theyve got to put security first. And it is the right choice.
The Pool C clash with France at Yokahama of england is the first World Cup game to be cancelled, and the Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy has followed suit.
Since the typhoon thats going towards the coast of Japan is enormous, the decision was made.
It is category five – and – stated to beabusive. It is going to hit on Saturday and bring wind speeds of 160 miles per hour.
If it hits, it is going to be the most violent typhoon to strike Japan in 26 years. You simply cannot be playing rugby in a typhoon.
Yes it is disappointing, but I think folks will accept its the right decision.
There are questions over whether World Rugby have put the contingency plans in place. They knew they were going to maintain a World Cup at typhoon season.
The organisers have defended the decision, saying they haveno regrets whatsoever.
World Rugby tournament manager Alan Gilpin said:We knew there will be risks. Its rare for a typhoon of the magnitude to cause this effect overdue In typhoon season. Security is priority
However, while England proceed through into the quarter-finals anyway, the major one on Sunday will be the decider in Yokahama of Scotland.
What might happen is closer of infrastructure although the typhoon must have passed through by then, there may be damage to the scene and flooding.
Thus morning World Rugby are likely to make a determination.
If this match is cancelled it could be termed a draw and 2 points will be given to either side, which would see Scotland go from the tournament because of a typhoon. That might be rather extraordinary.
Scotland are demanding contingencies plans be put in place for Scotland to compete to get a location on this pitch. But World Rugby have produced clear that rescheduling the match isnt an alternative.
Whats apparent is before it arrived that damage has been caused by Typhoon Hagibis to the Rugby World Cup.