World Rugby had to make the difficult decision to cancel the match between Namibia and Canada on Sunday morning after Typhoon Hagibis caused havoc in Japan.
Typhoon Hagibis was one of the most powerful storms to hit Japan in decades and safety considerations are at the heart of the decision. Kamaishi is situated in a highly mountainous area, including mountains directly behind the main stand of the stadium.
There have been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium and along access roads to the venue following torrential rain throughout the night.
“Our hearts go out to the teams and also their fans, but also the people of Kamaishi, who have been incredible during what has been a special journey in recent years. Nobody will be more disappointed than them, but also nobody would have better empathy with the decision.
“We remain optimistic that Sunday’s remaining matches will go ahead as scheduled in Kumamoto, Hanazono and Yokohama, which are much further south and therefore outside of the impact of the storm conditions this morning.”
This did not stop the Canadian team to show the true spirit of the game we love in going out to help with recovery efforts in Kamaishi
Following the cancellation of their match in Kamaishi, @RugbyCanada players headed out to help with recovery efforts, showing the true values of the game.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 13, 2019