England v France Rugby World Cup clash could be off as Typhoon heads for Tokyo

England's clash with France on Saturday could be CANCELLED as a vicious storm heads for Tokyo.

Eddie Jones' side meet Le Bleus in a pool decider to determine who will finish top of Group C.

But with Typhoon Hagibis heading for Tokyo and clocking up winds of 160mph there are now real fears the match may be called off.

Rugby World Cup bosses are expected to make a statement later today, with one option potentially moving the match 600 miles south to Oita.

Meteorologist Robert Speta told the Japan Times: “The storm went from a tropical storm to a violent typhoon in the matter of hours. In fact it was an historic amount of intensification in such a short time.

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“This only happens when all the right ingredients are in place. Like if you had a fire and instead of throwing gasoline on it to make it bigger you also grabbed some lighter fluid, a bit of oil and a couple of aerosol cans for good measure.”

Typhoon Hagibis has been given the highest classification of 'violent' – and is the first storm to hit Japan since before England arrived in September, which killed three and injured 40.

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England are refusing to let the potential weather chaos disrupt their preparation.

Defence coach John Mitchell said: “One thing we really pride ourselves on in all our preparation is to be adaptable and flexible for anything that may throw us off.

“At the end of the day we are looking forward to playing France wherever that may be. Our preparation is totally focused and at the end of the day we don’t let that noise enter our preparation.

“We’re expecting rain but if we don’t get rain we’ll deal with it. We haven’t had a lot of rain in the last few months so it will be quite nice to feel like home!”

Saturday's match in Yokohama is due to kick-off at 9.15am UK time.

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