18th October 01:04 PM
All Blacks-Italy RWC match cancelled because of Super Typhoon Hagibis
By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 10/10/2019
[Photo: RNZSports]

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

Also cancelled is England's match against France which is scheduled this Saturday.

New Zealand was due to face Italy in the city of Toyota this  Saturday, although today's cancellation means the All Blacks will finish top of their pool.

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

Ireland and Samoa match this Saturday will still be played as well as the Australia and Georgia match tomorrow.

Super Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall in Japan this 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.

[Source: RNZSports]

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