Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada v Namibia cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis

Namibia's match with Canada at the Rugby World Cup in Japan has been cancelled as a result of Typhoon Hagibis, officials say.

"Owing to the level five evacuation order remaining operational following Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee have cancelled today's Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi on safety grounds," organisers said in statement on Sunday.

"The safety of all involved in Rugby World Cup 2019 is our primary consideration and fans are advised not to travel to Kamaishi or the venue, which will be closed.

"Ticket holders will be entitled to a full face-value refund."

Canada Rugby say they respect the decison the cancel the match. 

"While we are disappointed, we understand the safety concerns surrounding the cancellation of our Rugby World Cup match against Namibia," they said in a statement. 

"We respect the decision made by World Rugby,  but are disappointed to miss out on this opportunity to compete.

"Thanks to all for your support throughout the Rugby World Cup campaign and wish all visitors and residents safety during Typhoon Hagibis. 

"We have welcomed the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best rugby nations, and will benefit from this valuable experience as we continue to put in the work necessary to build a better future for rugby in Canada." 

World Rugby later confirmed the USA v Tonga and Wales v Uruguay matches will go ahead. 

Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones to ever hit central Japan, has left millions confined indoors and streets deserted as record rains and fierce winds flood rivers and threaten widespread damage.

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