Rugby World Cup: England v France call-off disappointing but correct – Eddie Jones

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By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports author in Tokyo
Head coach Eddie Jones says England are bothered by the cancellation of the World Cup game against France but again World Rugbys decision.
Organisers called Saturdays match off on Thursday with Typhoon Hagibis set to attract violent winds and torrential rain in the weekend to Tokyo and Yokohama.
Everybodys frustrated – we needed to play against France, explained Jones.
Weve put a great deal of physical work, emotional, strategic work into it, however, the situation is one we do not control.
England therefore are most likely to meet Australia in the quarter-finals on 19 October and will top Group C with the game today to be listed as a scoreless draw, giving each group two points.
Rumours appeared at Japan night on Wednesday that Englands match might be changed to the southern island of Kyushu, to Oita, and be performed behind closed doors.
But with the situation deteriorating and concerns growing about the protection of players, spectators and volunteers, championship director Alan Gilpin and his staff chose to cancel both Englands game and New Zealand against Italy, with Scotlands must-win game against Japan on Sunday in uncertainty.
Jones said:You cant help typhoons. Even the Japanese have a saying -shikata ga nai (nothing could be aided).
We all like to believe we have got power above and beyond whats on the world at the moment, but we do not – these things happen and you just ride with this.
World Rugby has decided and we have got no problem with it and were just getting on with it today.
England will now fly at the southern island of Kyushu.
Before heading into Oita on Monday by coach Theyll train there.
Tens of thousands of fans have been coming for what was expected to be the weekend of the championship up to now, with organisers pledging a full refund for people who had tickets for the Yokohama stadium from the funds.
Jones stated:Ive only been walking across the streets and there are lots of people with faces that are disappointed.
Its difficult for them, because it was going to be a special event, and we all believe for them. We are blessed to have these wonderful supporters.
We discovered officially this afternoon. There were rumours flying around so we were glued into our phones last night.
We had been planning for the game, and when the game was on we were in match style, and when the game was off we were on prep mode.
We cant control it. We are told exactly what to do. We are participants in the championship so were told exactly what to do.
The economy means England will go into the quarter-finals relatively untested following two simple wins over Tier Two countries in Tonga and USA along with also a thumping of Argentina.
Theyll also have a gap between games, but Jones said his side would not arrive in the knockout stages undercooked.
Weve got a fairly superb record in two-week trainings. I think were batting at about 95%, therefore weve got to get 5% out of someplace, explained Jones.
Our playersve got the opportunity today to create the tank up and empty it on Saturday week from whoever we are playing, so that is a wonderful chance for us.
Were not concerned in any respect. We excited.
Whod think we would have two relatively simple games, one rougher one and then have two weeks to get ready for some quarter-final?
The typhoon is expected to clear by Sunday when tournament bosses will stage a thorough review to determine whether the four scheduled games – like Scotlands crunch clash with hosts Japan – will continue as planned.
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