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    Rugby World Cup pool stage could be hit as cyclone heads for Japan

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...-cyclone-japan

    A tropical cyclone heading for Tokyo has brought into focus the potential disruption at the Rugby World Cup with the prospect of cancelled games causing havoc in the pool stage.

    Tropical Storm Faxai is expected to develop into a typhoon and may hit Tokyo over the weekend or at the start of next week, around 10 days before the start of the competition. Tournament organisers have been bracing themselves for weather disruption, as Japan averages around 30 typhoons and 1,500 earthquakes a year, but Faxai’s potential arrival so close to the start of the tournament underlines the threat posed.

    This time last year the biggest storm for 25 years struck Kobe and Osaka, both of which will be hosting World Cup games.

    Organisers have planned for the possibility of having to relocate teams from their bases or even to move matches to different venues but, if a pool match is cancelled, tournament rules state that both teams will be awarded two points – in effect rendering the result a 0-0 draw.

    That in turn could have a significant bearing on the final standings in the pool stage and even hamper some teams’ chances of advancing to the knockout stages. Should, for example, South Africa or New Zealand be deemed to draw with Canada or Namibia – teams against which they would expect to secure comfortable bonus point wins – the standings in Pool B could be significantly skewed.

    A World Rugby spokesperson said: “Any pool match that cannot be played on the same day will be determined a draw with two match points each. However, we will be doing everything we can to ensure that the match is played in a safe environment for teams and fans.”

    England are due to depart for Japan on Sunday. The stadiums for their first two games, against Tonga in Sapporo and the USA in Kobe, have roofs. Sapporo was, however, hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake last September.

    The most high-profile weather-affected World Cup match in recent memory was the 1995 semi-final between France and the eventual winners South Africa. A deluge in Durban forced kick-off to be delayed by an hour, though tournament rules state that any cancelled match in the knockout stages will be rescheduled.

    For pool stage fixtures, if the match begins but is abandoned before half‑time, two points will also be awarded to both teams although points scored in the match, and bonus points, will still count. The result will stand if a match is abandoned at or after half-time and the same cut-off point applies in knockout matches.

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    Does this mean the wallabies have an unlikely chance of getting 6 points in the pool stage?

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    don't discount the possibility of a meteor shower,later in the tournament

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    don't discount the possibility of a meteor shower,later in the tournament
    Do they name meteors like they do comets?

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    Wallabies' World Cup departure delayed by "historic" typhoon off Japan
    Yesterday at 6:34 PM Rugby World Cup
    by Iain Payten


    The Wallabies have had a false-start to their World Cup campaign after the squad’s fight to Japan on Sunday was cancelled due to Typhoon Faxai.

    After beating Samoa on Saturday night, the Australian players and staff were due to depart from Sydney for Tokyo, before heading to Odawara for a week’s camp.

    The Wallabies play their first World Cup match against Fiji on September 21 in Sapporo.

    But the imminent arrival of Typhoon Faxai, which the Japanese Metereological Society said would dump up to 300 millimetres of rain in 24 hours and carry "historic" winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour, has delayed those plans.

    The Wallabies are now due to fly out on Monday, which team officials said was not a huge disruption given players had been given the day offf in any case.

    But weather services in Japan reportedly indicated there could be more cancellations on Monday, which could force the Wallabies to delay their departure again and potentially even re-visit their training plans.

    It is likely a number of teams involved in the Rugby World Cup will be affected by the typhoon due to a large number of cancelled inbound flights, and cancelled trains.

    Competing nations have already begun to arrive and most will be in Japan by the end of the week.

    With the Rugby World Cup due to held during Japan's typhoon season, organisers have been crossing their fingers and hoping for minimal impact from the powerful storms.

    The destructive storms could potentially play a role in the tournament, with finals set to be re-scheduled if they're unable to be played - but not pool games.

    In the event of a washed-out pool game, the game will reportedly be declared a draw - which could throw the expected outcomes of the pool stages into disarray.

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/0...labies-typhoon

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    Are you sure the Thursday forecast is not long range for 25 Nov 2022 re: that other World Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    don't discount the possibility of a meteor shower,later in the tournament
    Hmmmmmm.........?

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    it's on track!

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