England coach Eddie Jones has warned that the typhoon might have a significant disruption on the World Cup but says he’s contingency plans in place to deal with this.
Typhoon Faxai moved shore on the Pacific towards eastern Japan threatening to make landfall near Tokyo as early as Sunday night, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
England are expected to leave Japan on Sunday along with also the season’s 15th typhoon – packing winds up to 180kph – will be expected to reach areas of the Kanto area between late Sunday and early Monday.
Tournament organisers have planned for the chance of needing to relocate groups from their bases or to move matches to venues.
The stadiums to get the first two games of England, from the USA at Kobe and Tonga at Sapporo, have roofs and Jones states that the group will train indoors on artificial turf.
“It’s likely to influence the World Cup, there is no doubt about it,” Jones said following his side’s 37-0 win over Italy in England’s closing warm-up match in Newcastle.
“You have just got to ride , be elastic and figure out how you can cope with the situation.
“Once the typhoon comes, you simply can not go outdoors. It is essentially a lock-down. Between being quite violent to mild, it may vary.
“The problem is that can’t go outside but we’ve got ideas of what we do if a typhoon stopped us coaching outdoors. We are going to instruct on artificial turf indoors.”
After playing with four warm-up matches on pitches, Jones is preparing to get a change in states.
Jones, with a Japanese-American mom and is married to Hiroko Jones, a girl he met while teaching in Sydney, is familiar with the possible perils, with lived for periods in Japan.
He coached club clubs before being appointed as head coach of the national team before the 2015 Rugby World Cup at 2012.
“South Africa played Japan [on Friday] and it had been really hot and quite humid,” he said. “There was a lot of lost ball, it was rather greasy, which could raise the amount of kicking.”
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