2 key Rugby World Cup fixtures cancelled over typhoon fears

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The All Blacks performing the haka.

Tokyo – Rugby World Cup organisers took the unprecedented step on Thursday of cancelling two games – England v France and New Zealand v Italy – as Japan braces for Super Typhoon Hagibis, likely the biggest storm to hit the country this year.

Both games were in the projected path of the large and powerful typhoon, which currently has a “violent” rating – the highest category by Japan’s weather bureau – and is due to hit the Tokyo area on Saturday.

Sunday’s four games, including the Pool A shoot-out between hosts Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, near Tokyo, remain under review, said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

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