Rugby World Cup: All Blacks' match against Italy cancelled

7:21 pm on 10 October 2019

The All Blacks final Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy has been called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby has confirmed.

All Blacks ahead of half time.
New Zealand All Blacks v Namibia. Pool B match. Rugby World Cup 2019. Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Sunday 6 October 2019. © image by Andrew Cornaga /

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The England vs France match in Yokohama on Saturday has also been cancelled.

New Zealand was due to face Italy in the city of Toyota on Saturday, although today's cancellation means the team still finish top of their pool.

These will be the first tests cancelled at a Rugby World Cup since the tournaments began in 1987.

The Ireland vs Samoa match on Saturday in Fukuoka City will still go ahead, as will the Australia vs Georgia match in Shizuoka on Friday.

World Rugby says it will make a decision on the Japan-Scotland match, scheulded to be played in Yokohama on Sunday, on Sunday morning.

All fans with tickets for a cancelled match will receive a full refund for the face value of their match tickets.

The All Blacks were scheduled to hold their team naming press conference at 4.30pm New Zealand time, but that has been pushed back an hour to 5.30pm.

In a statement, All Blacks management said it was an "exceptional, complex and rapidly evolving situation" and team and public safety was the number one priority.

"This has been central in all decision-making in partnership with the tournament's weather information experts, host cities, venues and teams."

Super Typhoon Hagibis is expected to hit Japan on Saturday.

Both teams will receive two points each for the cancelled match, meaning New Zealand will finish top of Pool B on 16 points, while South Africa will finish in second on 15.

Italy will finish third on 12, missing out on the quarterfinals.

Despite the England vs France match being called off, it won't have any effect on their pool as both teams have already qualified for the quarterfinals.

The Japan vs Scotland is still going ahead at this stage, but if it is cancelled, then Japan would qualify for the knockout stages with Ireland, while Scotland would miss out.