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England v France, New Zealand v Italy World Cup Rugby Games Cancelled Over Typhoon

© REUTERS / PETER CZIBORRARugby World Cup 2019 - Pool D - Wales v Fiji - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan
Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool D - Wales v Fiji - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan  - Sputnik International
Rugby World Cup organizers have canceled 2 two important games ahead of Super Typhoon Hagibis a large storm expected to hit Japan over the upcoming weekend.

The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier described the impending storm as "violent". According to forecasts, if Hagibis continues moving on its current trajectory, it will barrel over the mainland of Japan on Saturday when England and France are due to clash in the World Cup group decider.

The cancelled game, however, will be registered as a scoreless draw, meaning that the national England team will automatically progress into the quarter-finals, UK-based media said.

Notably, tournament organizers are also due to face inquiry over their planning methods and the wisdom of staging the Rugby World Cup tournament during typhoon season.

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