All Blacks v Italy cancelled

The All Blacks final Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy has been called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby has confirmed.

The England v France match in Yokohama on Saturday has also been cancelled.

New Zealand was due to face Italy in the city of Toyota on Saturday.

These will be the first tests cancelled at a Rugby World Cup since the tournaments began in 1987.

The Ireland v Samoa match in Fukuoka City, southern Japan, will still go ahead.

World Rugby says it will make a decision on the Japan-Scotland match, scheduled to be played in Yokohama on Sunday, on Sunday morning.

The All Blacks were scheduled to hold their team naming press conference at 4.30pm New Zealand time, but that has been pushed back an hour to 5.30pm.

Super Typhoon Hagibis is expected to hit Japan on Saturday.

Both teams will receive two points each for the cancelled match, meaning New Zealand will finish top of Pool B on 16 points, while South Africa will finish in second on 15.

Italy will finish third on 12, missing out on the quarter-finals.

Despite the England v France match being called off, it won’t have any effect on their pool as both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals.

The Japan v Scotland is still going ahead at this stage, but if it is cancelled, then Japan would qualify for the knockout stages with Ireland, while Scotland would miss out.

 

 

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