The Fiji Times

Safety first as Hagibis strikes


TOKYO - The Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Namibia and Canada which was scheduled to be contested later on yesterday in Kamaishi has been cancelled 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 cancelled today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi on safety grounds,” organisers said in 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.”

The organising committee’s CEO Akira Shimazu added: “We considered every possibilit­y to make this game happen, in the end we had no option but to cancel the match to ensure the safety of the fans, team, volunteers, and all others involved.

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