How Typhoon Hagibis could affect Rugby World Cup final pool games including England, Scotland and Wales


A SUPER TYPHOON could rip through England’s Pool C decider against France — and turn the Rugby World Cup upside down.

Weather bomb Hagibis has been upgraded from a tropical storm into a Category 5 super typhoon, with winds of up to 160mph.

England have been training ahead of their final Rugby World Cup pool game
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After becoming one of the most dramatic intensifications of tropical cyclones since records began, Hagibis is due to smash its way through Tokyo on the weekend.

Initially it was due to threaten Ireland’s crunch fixture against Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday.

But the predicted path has swung east and as it stands it is due to hit the capital and Yokohama where England are playing on Saturday.

If the game is called off then it will be marked down as a scoreless draw.

But with Pool C toppers England and Les Bleus already through, it would have no impact on the standings.

However, an unlikely scenario with Hagibis could put huge pressure on Wales to score a bonus point win against Fiji on Wednesday.

If their final game with Uruguay is called off and declared a 0-0 draw, they could be in a situation where two teams have the same points in Pool D, but Australia win the pool on points difference in games.

And if the Dragons fail to score a bonus point against Fiji and their final game is called off, they will almost certainly finish second in the pool.

It would bump Wales into second, meaning they would face Eddie Jones’ Red Rose in the quarter finals.

Currently, Kumamoto Stadium, where Wales play Uruguay, is expected to be OK.

Typhoon Hagibis is bigger than this one pictured from the International Space Station in 2018
A typhoon in September delivered huge damage to buildings across Japan
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England attack coach Scott Wisemantel said: “We have no control over the weather and we have to prepare for the game and see how it goes.

“Regarding the permutation around the game and shared points, we are just concentrating on playing to win.”

Asked where the game would likely be played if there was time to reschedule it to another city, Wisemantel added: “I live in a bubble and I don’t know where the game would be played.

“One thing I have learnt in Japan is that they prepare for the worst and then usually it doesn’t eventuate.”

Tournament organisers World Rugby are expected to give an update on the weather problems later tonight.

But late on Monday they said: “We are monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is currently developing off the south coast of Japan.

“The latest modelling from our weather information experts and the Japan Meteorological Agency, indicates that the typhoon is tracking in a north-westerly direction and could bring high winds and heavy rain to southern Japan on 12 and 13 October.

Dan Biggar and Wales could be forced into a nightmare scenario where they are leapfrogged by Australia in Pool D after beating the Wallabies earlier in the tournament
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“While it is too early to determine the exact trajectory and impact, if any, of the typhoon at this early stage, as per previous typhoon warnings, we have a robust contingency programme in place in the event adverse weather looks likely to impact fixtures.

“We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation in partnership with our weather information experts, 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.”


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