Organizers of the Rugby World Cup in Japan have announced that two pool-stage matches on Saturday will be canceled because of potential impact of a violent typhoon approaching Japan.
The event's organizing committee and the sport's governing body World Rugby announced the decision on Thursday.
The game between New Zealand and Italy that was to be held in the city of Toyota, Aichi Prefecture and the match between England and France in the city of Yokohama have both been canceled.
Tournament rules state that any pool game that cannot be played is not rescheduled and is instead recorded as a 0-0 draw.
It is the first time for matches at a Rugby World Cup to be canceled.
The impact from the typhoon is forecast to be severe on Saturday.