Rugby World Cup organisers have cancelled a third game because of Typhoon Hagibis, deciding early Sunday morning to call off the last of the Pool B games between Canada and Namibia.
World Rugby issued a statement saying an evacuation order remained in place in the Kamaishi area where the game was to be played and there had been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium.
“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,” it said.
“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.”
Two of Saturday’s three scheduled games were cancelled well before the destructive typhoon made landfall and organisers will assess conditions in Yokohama before making a decision on Japan’s last Pool A game against Scotland later on Sunday.
Defending champion New Zealand’s last group-stage game against Italy and the England-France game were the first games ever to be cancelled at rugby’s showpiece event.
Cancelled matches are logged as 0-0 ties and teams get two competition points each.