FLY­ING FI­JIANS SAFE AMID TY­PHOON SCARE

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

The Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fi­jians are not in dan­ger of Ty­phoon Faxai that was to hit Tokyo in Ja­pan last night. Fiji Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor said he has checked with the team man­age­ment and they have re­ported that the weather at Akita City is fine. “The play­ers have set­tled in well,” he added.

The team went on with their train­ing and con­ducted coach­ing clin­ics that were at­tended by 200 chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency, Ty­phoon Faxai had moved north­west over the Pa­cific Ocean to­wards eastern Ja­pan on Satur­day, threat­en­ing to make land­fall near Tokyo last night. Ty­phoon Faxai is be­ing tracked by NASA satellites and has seen winds peak at more than 100mph in the Pa­cific Ocean, but should be less vi­o­lent when it hits land.

With the Rugby World Cup sched­uled to kick off in two weeks’ time, the Spring­boks were the first team to have touched down in Ja­pan, fol­lowed by the Fly­ing Fi­jians and with other teams (ex­clud­ing the host na­tion) ar­riv­ing from this week­end on­wards.

Asia is prone to in­clement weather con­di­tions and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. World Rugby has made pro­vi­sion in the event of any fix­tures be­ing af­fected. Should heavy weather con­di­tions pre­vent games from be­ing com­pleted, pool fix­tures will be called off and deemed as 0-0 draws. Knock­out matches will be post­poned and resched­uled.

As a point of ref­er­ence, a 2015 Test be­tween Hong Kong and Ja­pan was aban­doned af­ter 20 min­utes due to a trop­i­cal storm.

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