FLYING FIJIANS SAFE AMID TYPHOON SCARE
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.