Namibia’s rugby match not affected by Japan’s typhoon

Namibia's final match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan against Canada will not be affected by the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis this weekend.

The match is scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, where the typhoon is not likely to hit.

According to official communication by World Rugby which was made available to Nampa by the Namibia Rugby Union, Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama, and City of Toyota areas throughout Saturday.

The statement stated that some matches scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be affected.

These include Pool D match between Australia and Georgia in Shizuoka scheduled for 19:15 Japan Standard Time (JST) on Friday to be played as scheduled.

On Saturday, 12 October, the Pool A match between Ireland and Samoa in Fukuoka at 19:45 JST will be played as scheduled, while the Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy has now been canceled, together with the Pool C match between England and France.

The statement added that every effort is being made to ensure Sunday's matches will be played as scheduled after a thorough assessment of venues will take place when the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning.

Based on the advice of government authorities and experts, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby Organising Committee are advising fans in Tokyo, Yokohama, and City of Toyota areas to stay indoors on Saturday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency