Rugby World Cup 2019 organisers have been warned against a Super Typhoon that could cause disruptions across Japan. Typhoon Hagibis, dubbed Hurricane Haggis is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to southern parts of Japan on the weekend. Typhoon Hagibis could result in the cancellations of crucial games.
2019 RWC Matches to be Affected by the Weather
According to Rugby World Cup rules, in matches that have not been played, both teams split the four points, taking two each. The Super Typhoon will most likely impact Sunday’s game against Scotland and host nation Japan. Scotland is in a tight spot as they will need to extract maximum points against Russia in order to keep the pressure on Japan.
If Typhoon Hagibis occurs on Saturday as predicted, more rugby matches could be affected. The match between England and France in Yokohama has already been cancelled including the All Blacks’ decider against Italy. Wales team could possibly be compromised for a spot that they have eyed since beating the Wallabies in Tokyo.
Australia would likely see the team avoid England in a quarter-final and come up against France instead. There have been a ‘robust contingency plans’ put in place by the RWC organisers to ensure that all scheduled games go ahead on the day planned.
Typhoon Hagibis Impacts Rugby World Cup 2019
It is reported that the typhoon’s severity increased drastically in the space of 24 hours. Weather forecasters say that it went from a tropical storm to a category five typhoon. This could rank as one of the most destructive anywhere on earth this year. Forecasts show winds that can hit 300km/h but there is a chance the storm will not hit despite numerous warnings. As things stand, all four of Sunday’s rugby games remain under review. This includes the Pool A showcase between hosts Japan and Scotland in Yokohama stadium. Keep it locked to BetSitesNG for all your Rugby World Cup updates.