Rugby World Cup Matches Canceled By Typhoon

TOKYO (AP) – With two games already canceled and the prospect of more disruptions to the effects of the worst typhoon of the year in Japan, the organizers of the Rugby World Cup again outlined the plan to assess whether Sunday's crucial match for the Group A between the home team and Scotland can move on.

The organizers adopted the unprecedented measure of declaring 0-0 draws for two meetings scheduled for Saturday: the current New Zealand champion against Italy in Toyota and the 2003 monarch, England, against France in Yokohama.

Therefore New Zealand and England lead their groups and Italy missed the opportunity to fight for a spot in the direct elimination rounds. The only meeting that is expected to move forward on Saturday is the one that would lead Ireland and Samoa in Fukuoka.

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There are four challenges scheduled for Sunday, but the last one – and last of the group phase – attracts the most attention.

Scotland needs to beat Japan in Yokohama to have a chance to advance, while the Japanese need only avoid a defeat to proceed to the quarterfinals for the first time. A decision on that game can be delayed up to six hours before the start.

Trains and flights have been canceled, and authorities are urging residents and visitors to stay indoors, out of torrential rain and destructive winds that are expected to hit the main island of Japan.

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