Brodie Retallick All Blacks game cancelled: How World Rugby’s ‘risky’ decision to choose Japan came back to bite it

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The All Blacks v Italy clash is one of two games cancelled.

ANALYSIS:“World Rugby made a bold decision and as it turned out one of its soundest and great decisions,” World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said at the start of August.

“They took a risk with Japan but it seems to be working out extremely positively,” he told AFP.

Brodie Retallick'World Rugby took a risk with Japan but it seems to be working out extremely positively,' CEO Brett Gosper said in August.

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‘World Rugby took a risk with Japan but it seems to be working out extremely positively,’ CEO Brett Gosper said in August.

​Gosper wasn’t World Rugby’s boss when Japan was given the Cup in 2009 and he doesn’t control weather events, but even he must look back and those comments and wince.

The England v France game and the All Blacks v Italy game have been cancelled this weekend due to Typhoon Hagibis. It’s unprecedented at a Rugby World Cup and chaotic. It’s everything that rugby teams hate.

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The risk Gosper was talking about covered a range of topics – Japan isn’t a so-called Tier 1 rugby nation, it has a cultural identity that rugby fans are unaccustomed to and, sadly, it is all too familiar with acts of god, extreme weather events and natural disasters.

With #ENGvFRA set to be called off, it will mark 2nd time an international team coached by Eddie Jones has been involved in game determined to be 0-0 due to weather.

In 2015 Japan vs Hong Kong was called off af

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