Rugby World Cup 2019: Key fixtures at risk of cancellation as Super Typhoon Hagibis escalates

Two crucial Rugby World Cup matches face cancellation as Super Typhoon Hagibis makes its way to the Japanese mainland with increasing ferocity.

World Rugby has called a press conference for 4pm (NZ time) in which an update will be issued on whether England's game against France in Yokohama on Saturday and Scotland's vital match with hosts Japan at the same venue on Sunday will be played. 

The options available to World Rugby are to either cancel two games, or move them to Oita, where the stadium has a retractable roof. 

The Daily Mail is reporting that the England v France match will be cancelled. 

While both England and France have already qualified for the quarter-finals, the news isn't so flash for Scotland as if the match was to be called off, Gregor Townsend's side would be knocked out of the World Cup.

Hagibis is moving towards Japan and expected to make landfall on Saturday.

Scotland coach Townsend was asked about the Typhoon following his side's emphatic 61-0 win over Russia. 

"I checked the weather app this morning and it did look like it was heading into Tokyo this weekend," he said. 

"It is a few days away, and it could miss the Tokyo area, or it could still go there and obviously we'll be getting updates from World Rugby in the next two days as to what the contingencies are. 

"I'm sure that alternative venues and arrangements are being looked at not just for our game, but the other games that could be affected by it.

"England and France play in the same stadium the night before. I know it was getting looked at for the Ireland game as well when the forecast was that it was going to Fukuoka."

World Rugby's rules say that any games cancelled because of bad weather are registered a scoreless draws, with both sides awarded two points.

If that was to happen, England would top Pool C with 17 points and France in second with 15, while in Pool A, Japan would move to 16, with Scotland on 12. 

The rules go onto say "where a pool Match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day." 

However, some reports from the UK say World Rugby is willing to relax their rules and push the game back to Monday due to the importance of the Scotland v Japan clash.

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