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England and France have already advanced to the knockout round.

"The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly", said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

Despite World Rugby saying otherwise, Scotland believe there are contingencies to move their match against Japan.

The England-France pool match scheduled for Saturday in Yokohama was cancelled by Rugby World Cup organizers because that is when and where the approaching storm, the most powerful this year, is expected to make landfall.

Both games were in the projected path of the storm, which has a "violent" rating - the highest category by Japan's weather bureau - and is due to hit on Saturday.

England, with secured top spot in their group, are likely to meet Australia in the quarter-finals, with France set to play the winners Wales pool, final round of Pool D games.

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These will be the first tests cancelled at a Rugby World Cup since the tournaments began in 1987. It is a huge match and we would be loving to play that game.

Scotland need to beat the hosts in Yokohama on Sunday to have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

"Very disappointed, we're only here four days, only to see that game", said Learey.

The tournament hosts sit top of Pool A and face a crunch clash with Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday, which will likely be a shoot-out for qualification alongside Ireland.

The Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee held a meeting about the typhoon on Wednesday to consider holding matches at different stadiums that will not be affected by the typhoon.

"We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned", a Scottish Rugby spokesman said.

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"It is an exceptional, complex and rapidly evolving situation and team and public safety is the number one priority", he said.

"While making every effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday's matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers. exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon", Gilpin said. They would still have to beat Japan to qualify but even if that happened and Japan took a bonus point in that match, Scotland would be out.

Both games were in the projected path of the large and powerful typhoon, which now has a "violent" rating - the highest category by Japan's weather bureau - and is due to hit the Tokyo area on Saturday.

"Gilpin said, adding that Australia v Georgia on Friday and Ireland v Samoa on Saturday would go ahead". But they will now finish their 2019 World Cup in third place in Pool B, as the cancellation means the game is declared a draw and they are awarded two points.

He revealed to The Telegraph that he had nearly been seriously injured by a typhoon in Japan and praised organisers' decision to cancel his side's game against France.

Wales is to face Uruguay in Kumamoto on Sunday as well.

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Other areas, including Ventura county and parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo and Mono counties could lose power as well. When the power might be turned back on is undetermined, and depends on when the winds die down.


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