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 upset by the cancellation of the World Cup match against France but rear World Rugbys decision.
Organisers called Saturdays game off on Thursday with Typhoon Hagibis place to bring torrential rain and brutal winds to Tokyo and Yokohama.
Everybodys frustrated – we needed to play against France, explained Jones.
Weve put a great deal of physical effort, emotional, tactical work to it, but the situation is one we do not control
England are most likely to meet Australia in the quarter-finals on 19 October and will best Group C with the match now to be recorded as a draw, giving two things to each team.
Rumours appeared on Wednesday in Japan that Englands match may be changed to the southern island of Kyushu, to Oita, and also be performed behind closed doors.
But with the situation deteriorating and concerns regarding the security of players, spectators and volunteers, tournament manager Alan Gilpin and his staff chose to cancel both Englands game and New Zealand from Italy, with Scotlands must-win game against Japan on Sunday in uncertainty.
Jones said:You can not help typhoons. The Japanese have a saying -shikata ga nai (nothing could be assisted).
All of us like to think we have got electricity over and beyond whats around the world right now, but we dont – those things happen and you just ride with this.
World Rugby has decided and we have got no problem with it and we are just getting on with it today.
England will now fly into Miyazaki, in the island of Kyushu.
Before heading on Monday by coach they will train there.
Tens of thousands of enthusiasts have been arriving for what was anticipated to be the biggest weekend of the tournament so far, using organisers pledging a full refund for those who had tickets to the 70,000-capacity Yokohama 43, in the funds.
Jones stated:Ive only been walking across the streets and there are a lot of people with faces that are frustrated.
It is hard for them, since this was definitely going to be a special occasion, and we believe for them. Were blessed to have these excellent supporters.
We found out officially this afternoon. There were rumours flying around so that we were glued into our phones last night.
We were preparing for the match, and once the match was on we had been in game style, and once the match was away we had been on planning mode.
We can not control it. We are told exactly what to do. We are participants in the tournament so we are told exactly what to do.
The economy means England will enter the quarter-finals relatively untested following two wins over Tier 2 nations in Tonga and USA and a thumping of Argentina.
Jones said his side would not arrive at the knockout stages , although they will also be in possession of a 14-day gap between games.
We have got a fairly exceptional record in two-week trainings. I believe we are batting at about 95%, therefore weve got to find 5% from someplace, said Jones.
Our players have the opportunity today to build the tank up and empty it about Saturday week against whoever we are playing, so that is a wonderful opportunity for us.
Were not concerned at all. We have absolutely excited.
Who would think wed have two relatively simple games, one rougher one and have fourteen days to get ready for some quarter-final?
The typhoon is expected to clear through Sunday morning, when tournament supervisors will phase a in depth review to see if the four scheduled matches – like Scotlands crunch clash with hosts Japan – will continue as intended.
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