When it comes to global sporting events, little can compete with the Rugby World Cup. Any rugby enthusiast will tell you, rugby is more than a mere sport. It is a lifestyle and a time of unity.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 is a six-week tournament, hosted in 12 venues across Japan, which sees 48 matches between the world’s best rugby teams. Each team celebrating the love of the game, while engaging hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Kicking off on September 20, with this year’s host Japan going up against Russia, the Rugby World Cup 2019 has proven to be an enthralling tournament. Leaving spectators and fans at the edges of the seats. Each person cheering their favourite teams and players on.
With the weekend upon us, many South Africans were expecting a weekend revolving around rugby. However, there has been a change in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup fixtures.
Two matches which are meant to take place this weekend have been cancelled by Rugby World Cup organisers. New Zealand’s match against Italy, as well as England’s game against France, on Saturday morning, October 12, will no longer be taking place.
This follows Japan preparing for Super Typhoon Hagibi, which is likely to be the biggest storm in the country this year. Both the cancelled matches were in the projected path of the typhoon, which has a “violent” rating, the highest category Japan’s weather bureau has.
With the typhoon set to the Tokyo area on Saturday, organisers had to cancel the matches for safety purposes.
The matches on Sunday, October 13, are under review. There will be a thorough assessment of the venues after the typhoon has passed before the final decision is made on Sunday morning.
Teams which are meant to play on Sunday are Namibia versus Canada, USA and Tonga, Wales against Uruguay, and Japan versus Scotland.
The match between Australia and Georgia on Friday, October 11, will still proceed as scheduled. Ireland and Samoa’s matchup on Saturday afternoon is also still expected to proceed as planned.
As the Typhoon Hagibi prepares to storm through Japan, South Africans are hoping the Bokke will bring about a storm of their own and secure the coveted win in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.