Jones delighted with extra preparation time for England

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Their game, with both having already qualified for the quarterfinals, and the All Blacks who were to play Italy, are the first two games affected by the abandonment due to Typhoon Hagibis being expected to hit on Saturday.

 

A decision will be made later regarding the last pool game in the tournament between hosts Japan and Scotland scheduled for Sunday.

 

Jones said the abandonment would given England's players a chance to recharge while also making it more likely injured players like Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Joe Marler more recovery time.

 

"I think the Japanese have a saying – shogun-hi – we can't control it. It's not something you can control. This is the situation," Jones said.

 

"We are excited about the prospect of having great preparation for the quarterfinal now.

 

"Who would have thought we would have two relatively easy games, one tough game and then two weeks to prepare for a quarterfinal. So someone is smiling on us – the typhoon gods maybe?" he said.

 

Scottish coach Gregor Townsend was a little more concerned. He wanted a contingency plan drawn up to make sure that everything possible was done to ensure the game went ahead.

"We have to have faith in the organisers that the game will be played even if it's behind closed doors or at a different venue," he said.

 

Jones had no sympathy for Scotland's situation.

 

"It's typhoon season here and you've got to be prepared for it. We had an idea it could happen and therefore you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position in case that happened.

 

"We just knew that there was the possibility of a game like this during the tournament so we just wanted to put ourselves in the best position we could," he said.

 

World Rugby said the option of playing the New Zealand –Italy and England-France games in Oita, where the All Blacks in a covered stadium against Canada, was explored, but it was logistically impossible to transfer the two games involved and the risk to travelling teams, fans and volunteers was too great.

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