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England and Scotland matches set to fall foul to Typhoon Hagibis as storm causes World Cup chaos

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago Alex Spink

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Rugby World Cup dreams are set to be blown away by the mother of all storms with England’s match against France likely to be cancelled – and Scotland facing elimination without kicking a ball.

In the wake of Super Typhoon Hagibis, tournament chiefs are expected to make the decision in the early hours of Thursday morning on whether to pull the plug on Saturday’s Le Crunch clash and Scotland’s final pool game against Japan on Sunday.

If cancelled, it would be the first time a match had been abandoned in 32 years of the competition. Formula One’s Japanese Grand Prix is also in doubt.

Such chaos would mean the match being ruled a 0-0 draw with two points awarded to each team. England would win the group despite France remaining unbeaten.

If the same outcome is applied to Scotland’s game, they would be eliminated.

Elliot Daly, Jonny May are posing for a picture: England's preparation is set to be hit © AFP via Getty Images England's preparation is set to be hit England already had enough on their minds after two earthquakes rocked their hotel here yesterday. But they stayed clear of the raging debate and instead kept their eyes on the prize.

Defence coach John Mitchell said: “Playing-wise it’s important to understand the importance of all the permutations and plan for those permutations

“Clearly we want to play but we feel whatever decision is made we have a very strong training methodology which allows us to adapt to anything.”

Mitchell underestimated the power of Hagibis when saying: “People are making it bigger than what it actually is. It’s just weather.

“Whatever is thrown at us we’ll deal with it and we’ll look forward to dealing with it. The leadership group is very big on being adaptable and flexible in any given circumstances.”

a group of people playing football on a field: Scotland could be eliminated without kicking a ball © AFP via Getty Images Scotland could be eliminated without kicking a ball

BBC weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King warned that Hagibis would be “one of the most powerful tropical cyclones this year”.

“It will make landfall in southern Honshu, around the Tokyo area on Saturday lunchtime UK time,” he said.

“By this point, it’ll still be categorised as a ‘very strong typhoon’ with wind gusts in excess of 100mph and bring between 200-500mm of rain.

"This will be significant in a built-up area such as Tokyo with damage and flooding expected.”

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