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Typhoon trauma gives World Rugby plenty to ponder

The devastation in parts of Japan this weekend partly vindicated World Rugby’s scrapping of fixtures. But it has other questions to answer

13th October, 2019

The director retreated deeper into his bunker, and hoped against hope the storm would pass. Forget about the destructive powers of Typhoon Hagibis: the ill wind that preceded it left everyone in World Rugby scrambling for the crisis-management manual.

The Italians were angry, the Scots angrier. Even the Japanese, potential benefactors of this rules-must-be-obeyed policy, had gripes. And all the while, Alan Gilpin, the tournament director, stood by his claim that World Rugby had “a...

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