Kumamoto (Japan) (AFP)
The XV de France "prepares its match" World Cup against England on Saturday in Yokohama, pending a decision by World Rugby on the holding of the meeting threatened by Typhoon Hagibis, said Wednesday opener Camille Lopez.
The coaching as well as the players had not been informed, mid-day in Japan, of a decision of World Rugby about a possible relocation or cancellation of the meeting.
"We do not have any more information than that, we follow the trick necessarily because we hear about it but no, for the moment, we have not mentioned (a cancellation or delocalization). match and we'll see what happens, "said Lopez.
The opener does not find destabilizing the vagueness surrounding the holding of this meeting for the first place in Pool C, the two teams were already assured of going to the quarterfinals: "It's not as if we had to go looking for the win to qualify, but of course it would be better to play because the France-England are always apart, plus it's the World Cup.This would allow us to work to prepare for the quarterfinal "on 19 or October 20 in Oita, probably against Wales or Australia.
If the "Crunch" takes place in Yokohama, weather conditions will most likely be complicated, with rain and strong winds expected. "We will adapt to that, but for the moment we are still preparing for our match," said Lopez.
Typhoon Hagibis, for which the World Cup organizers issued a weather advisory on Monday, changed course and headed for Tokyo and its suburbs, now threatening France-England Saturday and Japan-Scotland Sunday in Yokohama, with the stakes the qualification.
The organizers are able to change the venue or change the start time of a match in case the weather could affect his outfit. In case of no solution and if a match of the first phase can not take place, the International Federation has provided that each team is awarded two points (draw 0-0).
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