KOBE – The Springboks woke to blue skies and warm temperatures in Kobe on Thursday but a “super-typhoon” named Hagibis may end up deciding their quarterfinal opponents once it makes landfall on Japan on Saturday.
World Rugby on Thursday announced the cancellation of two matches scheduled to take place in Tokyo and adjacent Yokohama on Saturday because of the threat.The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy is off, as is 'Le Crunch' between England and France, which would have decided the winners of Pool C.
It is the first time in Rugby World Cup history that matches have been cancelled.
Each team takes two points from the cancellation – which is treated is a 0-0 draw – which means that New Zealand are confirmed as Pool B winners, edging onto 16 points ahead of South Africa’s 15.
It also means that France – rather than England – are sent into South Africa’s half of the draw as runners up in Pool C.