Tokyo, England against France on Saturday
has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, but Rugby World
Cup organisers hope Scotland against Japan can go ahead as
planned on Sunday.
The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is set to
wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
Ireland's match with Samoa in Fukuoka is expected to go ahead
"The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly," said
tournament director Alan Gilpin.
"It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and
tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice."
The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota on
Saturday has also been cancelled, denying Italy their outside chance
If the Scotland-Japan match was to be called off, under
tournament rules Gregor Townsend's side are likely be knocked out of
the World Cup.
Cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part
of a 0-0 draw.
It means England progress as winners of Pool C, two points
ahead of France in second place, and face a probable quarter-final
against Australia, with Wales expected to top Pool D and therefore play
France would have the advantage over Wales of a two-week
rest, compared to one week, the BBC sport reported.
Source: Oman News Agency