Australia-Georgia (12:15) : While the games France-England and New Zealand-Italy, scheduled for Saturday, were canceled Thursday morning, because of typhoon Hagibis, the meeting of the Wallabies is maintained. Playing in Shizuoka, two hundred kilometers from Tokyo, meteorologists believe that the area will be spared by wind and rain and that the match can take place.
Australia is already qualified for the quarter-finals, thanks to the defeat of Fiji against the Welsh (29-17). She should finish second in Pool D and play England next, except in the unlikely event of Wales losing to Uruguay on Sunday.
Georgia side, the balance is likely to be a fourth place, with only one win against Uruguay (33-7).
It was yesterday
The soap opera "Typhoon cancellation". For the first time at a World Cup, two games were canceled: France-England (Pool C) and New Zealand-Italy (Pool B) scheduled to be played on Saturday. World Rugby had assured before the competition that there would be no postponement of the match, but that in case of cancellation, the two teams would pocket two points each.
"Although we have made every effort to implement a contingency plan that would allow all Saturday matches to be maintained, it would be extremely irresponsible to endanger teams, supporters, volunteers and other members. of the competition staff during what is advertised as a high intensity typhoon, said Alan Gilpin, executive director of Rugby World Cup and the press conference competition on Thursday 10 October. As a result, we made the decision to cancel some games. "
The other news (good to change) is that all tickets will be fully refunded. 70,000 spectators were expected for the Crunch, 45,000 for the clash between the All Blacks and Squadra Azzurra.
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It is very unfortunate
This match canceled between Italians and New Zealanders (for Italians). On the accounting side, Italy had 10 points and was third, New Zealand was 13 and was second. In other words, a win against the Blacks would have allowed the Transalpine to advance to the quarter-finals.
Well, we agree, there was no chance that it happened, knowing that it is Italy and that she never, ever, beat the Blacks. But the Squadra will not even have the chance to try. Not very sporty, so we understand that our neighbors are a bit angry.
Even if they had 0.000000001% chance of winning, this cancellation of Italy nz that eliminates the Italians is anti sports
"I saw the reaction of the players after the training and it was horrible because these boys gave their lives for the Italian rugby and their World Cup ended on a training ground, instead of stadium ", lamented Italian coach Conor O'Shea. He also expressed his sadness to see the careers of Leonardo Ghiraldini (104 caps) and Sergio Parisse (142) stop as well.
"If Italy and New Zealand decide not to play, very well, acknowledged the Italian captain in front of the press. But if New Zealand had (needed) four or five points against us, (the match) would not have been canceled. "
The other teams involved were more diplomatic. "Of course we are very disappointed. But World Rugby has made a decision and we must accept it ", commented Eddie Jones, the coach of England.
Côté Bleus, it is the vice-president of the French federation, Serge Simon, who expressed himself: he indicated to take "Act" of this decision, calling "All his supporters to follow the instructions of the local authorities or the embassy of France and (associating) fully with their disappointment".
The All Blacks, qualified for the quarter-finals without facing Italy, have not been reluctant. "When you face a typhoon like the one we are going to face, security is the first thing, there is not even a question about it" said coach Steve Hansen.
It is stretched
Between Scotland and World Rugby. Because it remains a decisive game in Scotland against Japan for a place in the quarter, and if Hagibis is still there, there will be no match. The two nations can still claim qualification: Scotland, 3e with 10 points, is four lengths from the host country, first. An improved victory of the Scots and they will go in quarters. A canceled match and the Japanese will be qualified at the expense of XV thistle.
"With a potential impact on our last game in Pool A, the federation fully hopes that contingency plans will be put in place to allow Scotland to play on the pitch for a quarter-final place and be flexible. to achieve this "can be read on the Twitter account of the Scottish team.
Coach Gregor Townsend also stepped up to the plate, summoning an unexpected press conference on Thursday (October 10th): "I'm waiting for the game to be played, even if it's in camera or somewhere else. "
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For now, no decision has been made: the organizers have promised to study the situation until Sunday morning. They will have up to six hours before the kickoff (at 19:45, 12:45 French time) to decide.
Because it would not be talking about typhoons, but also a little rugby. Nine is the number of players sanctioned and suspended by a disciplinary committee for tackling dangerous since the beginning of the World Cup.
Canada's second-ranked Josh Larsen, who was ruled out of South Africa's 66-7 away game Tuesday, added his name to the long list of bad guys who had been suspended for three games. Australia's Reece Hodge, Samoans Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu'u, American John Quill, Uruguay's Facundo Gattas, Italy's Andrea Lovotti and Nicola Quaglio. Argentina's Tomas Lavanini was awarded four matches.