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KAMAISHI, Japan — Canada will leave the Rugby World Cup winless for the second straight tournament, with the weather tying its hands this time.
Tournament organizers decided to cancel Canada’s final Pool B game against Namibia because of Typhoon Hagibis. The game was due to kick off at 12:15 p.m. local time Sunday at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (late Saturday night in Canada).
“I think it’s still sinking in,” a disappointed Canada coach Kingsley Jones said. “It’s a unique situation at test (match) level. It doesn’t happen very often, if ever. But it’s happened.”
“It is what it is. We accept the reasons as well,” he added.
World Rugby issued a statement saying an evacuation order remained in place in the Kamaishi area and there had been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium.
“The safety of all involved in Rugby World Cup 2019 is our primary consideration and fans
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