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Mako Vunipola ‘First and foremost you want to make sure everyone is safe’: Steve Borthwick insists safety comes first as England train in Miyazaki after World Cup clash with France cancelled due to arrival of Super Typhoon Hagibis in Japan

  • England’s World Cup clash against France cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis 
  • Coach Steve Borthwick insisted his main concern was for the safety of people 
  • England squad trained at contingency base in  Miyazaki before quarter-final

By Duncan Bech, Pa England Rugby Correspondent

Published:06:32 EDT, 12 October 2019|Updated:06:32 EDT, 12 October 2019

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has expressed his concern for the millions of people in the path of Super Typhoon Hagibis.

Evacuation advisories have been issued for parts of the Tokyo region, which is expected to feel the full force of the hurricane’s 122mph winds on Saturday evening local time.

England’s World Cup group decider against France in Yokohama was cancelled because of Japan’s largest tropical storm for 61 years and Scotland’s crunch clash with the hosts is also likely to fall victim.

England have relocated to their previous base in Miyazaki after Super Typhoon Hagibis hit

England would have played in Yokohama but the weather has forced the game to be cancelled

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick insisted that player and supporter safety is priority

Borthwick lived in Tokyo for three years when he was part of Eddie

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