Two matches have been canceled on Saturday, the day the typhoon is expected to hit hardest. And the teams have been told by organizers to stay indoors at their hotels and out of the way of the torrential rain and destructive winds that are expected to hammer Japan’s main island.

“I’ve never been in a typhoon before,” said Sam Whitelock, the bearded, 6-foot-8 New Zealand forward.

If you think Whitelock sounded curious, at best, at the impending arrival of a violent cyclone, wait for South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus, himself a former player:

“Personally, I’ve never been a part of something like this. And…



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