Canada’s Rugby World Cup team helps clean up flood damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis

Canada needed to depart the Rugby World Cup event in Kamaishi, Japan, and not using a win Sunday, after their final sport was cancelled on account of Typhoon Hagibis.

But though the cancellation of their Pool B sport towards Namibia was disappointing to the lads’s rugby team, they nonetheless managed to show the expertise right into a rewarding one by serving to clean up flood-ravaged areas of town. 

World Rugby issued a press release Oct. 12 saying an evacuation order remained in place within the Kamaishi space and there had been landslides and flooding within the neighborhood of the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. 

“We decided to offer up anything we could do to help the community,” stated Gareth Rees, media supervisor for Rugby World Cup.

The Canadian team, which incudes a number of athletes from B.C., went to close by areas hit badly by flooding and mudslides — locations the place that they had made friendships throughout their time in Japan.

“They literally picked up shovels in some cases and swept the dirt out of the streets,” stated Rees, who describes the expertise as humbling for the team.  

“Others were going into the homes of these elderly ladies and cleaning out all those straw mats, the bedding and all the belongings of these poor women that had literally four or five feet of water in their house the day before.”

A goalpost and particles are swept downstream from the overflowing Tamagawa river, following the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis on Sunday in Japan. (Franck Fife/Getty Images)

Disappointing event

The Rugby World Cup occurs each 4 years, and 2019 marks the primary time the event was held in Asia. It runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 and has been robust for the Canadians.

For the second straight World Cup, they’ve misplaced each sport they’ve performed. 

Cancelled matches are logged as 0-Zero ties, and groups get two competitors factors every. Canada, ranked 22nd on the earth, had focused the sport towards No. 23 Namibia as its finest likelihood at a victory.

Rees stated the cancellation was “bitterly disappointing.”

“It was probably the most important match for the Canadian players at this tournament,” he stated. “It was devastating and they were disappointed that something they had worked for for years was not going to happen.”

The team might have walked away from the World Cup and not using a win, however they had been in a position to assist the group following the storm, says its media supervisor. (Rugby World Cup – World Rugby)

Rees stated there have been a number of climate and storm warnings all through the event, however Sunday’s was the most important. 

The team is flying again to Vancouver. Its members will rejoin their skilled rugby golf equipment.

“And recovering a little bit, to be perfectly honest,” he stated.

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