STORMED OFF: World Cup bosses finally admit England game with France is OFF

ENGLAND’S World Cup game against France is officially OFF due to rampaging super typhoon Hagibis.

Red-faced tournament officials finally confirmed what everyone knew – there was NO chance that a game could be played in Yokohama as winds of up to 160mph batter Japan.

Super Typhoon Hagibis will cause chaos in Japan

Tournament chief Alan Gilpin said: “The Pool C match between England and France, will be cancelled.

“The Pool B match been New Zealand and Italy will be cancelled.

“After extensive evaluation, we are confirming adjustments to this weekend’s match schedule.

“This includes, regrettably the decision to cancel matches on safety grounds. Hagibis is predicted to to be the biggest typhoon of 2019 and highly likely to cause disruption.

“We have taken the very difficult, but right decision to cancel matches.

Pandemonium ripped through the competition as super typhoon Hagibis raced towards the south coast of Japan at 160mph.

The weather bomb is due to hit on Saturday morning, causing travel nightmares and bringing 10 inches of rain.

Japan 2019 suits scrambled together for an emergency briefing at their Tokyo HQ depots initially planning to MOVE the game 600 miles away to Oita.

Earlier on Wednesday disaster management officials were holding crunch meetings, having just recovered from Typhoon Faxai four months ago, which left three dead and more than a million in the capital without power.

The Japan Meteorological Agency also called an unprecedented urgent press briefing to warn of potential widespread devastation.

Eddie Jones’ England side will sit out their clash against France but still qualify top
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