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Rugby-Namibia v Canada World Cup match cancelled after typhoon

Reuters | Kamaishi | Updated: 13-10-2019 02:47 IST | Created: 13-10-2019 02:42 IST
Rugby-Namibia v Canada World Cup match cancelled after typhoon
The Namibia-Canada match, which had no bearing on the rest of the tournament with both sides out of contention for the quarter-finals, will be recorded as a draw. Image Credit: Flickr

The Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Namibia and Canada which was scheduled to be contested later on Sunday in Kamaishi has been canceled because of the destruction caused by Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby said. "Owing to the level 5 evacuation order remaining operational following Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee have canceled today's Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi on safety grounds," the organizers said in a statement.

"The safety of all involved in Rugby World Cup 2019 is our primary consideration and fans are advised not to travel to Kamaishi or the venue, which will be closed. Ticket holders will be entitled to a full face-value refund." Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones to ever hit central Japan, left millions confined indoors and streets deserted as record rains and fierce winds flooded rivers and threatened widespread damage.

The Namibia-Canada match, which had no bearing on the rest of the tournament with both sides out of contention for the quarter-finals, will be recorded as a draw. It is only the third World Cup match to have been canceled. Two of Saturday's matches, the Pool C decider between England and France and the Pool B match between world champions New Zealand and Italy, were scratched on Thursday when it became clear the typhoon would make landfall in central Honshu.


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