Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada players help recovery efforts in Kamaishi after Namibia match cancelled

While Canada failed to win a match at the Rugby World Cup, they've won the hearts of the Japanese public by helping with the recovery efforts after Typhoon Hagibis. 

After their dead-rubber match against Namibia was called off, players helped with the clean-up effort in Kamaishi following what could be the country's worst storm for 60 years.

Video shared by World Rugby showed players filling up sandbags and engaging with the Kamaishi locals. 

"We were gutted our game was cancelled, but at a time like this, there are a lot more important things than rugby," said Canada fullback Peter Nelson. 

"When we got here, we saw people's houses destroyed and we tried to do our very small part to help them however we can.

"The people here have made the tournament. It is such a friendly nation - it is only right to try to give back as much as we can."

Latest reports suggest at least 30 people are dead and 15 missing, as torrential rain and tornado-like winds from Typhoon Hagibis affect large parts of Japan.

A moment's silence was held before the Wales v Uruguay and Japan v Scotland matches. 

Canada's match was one of three cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, with England v France and New Zealand v Italy also called off. 

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