No rugby match could matter more than people and property in the path of Typhoon Hagibis, where the priority will not be tourists from England, France and Scotland receiving the entertainment promised by travel agents.
To non-rugby loving Japanese the sense of crisis enveloping this World Cup ahead of the weekend’s final pool games must have felt contrived - especially in a country that built a stadium to commemorate a past natural disaster. With earthquakes and typhoons a feature of life in these parts, it is for rugby to adapt to the realities of Japanese conditions, not for Japan to contort itself with guilt over a potentially dangerous weather event.
Life and limb come first. Japan must go...
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