Rugby World Cup: Canada players join Typhoon Hagibis recovery efforts after their game is cancelled due to extreme weather – The Sun

CANADA joined the rescue effort after Typhoon Hagibis saw their World Cup clash with Namibia called off.

Instead of bemoaning the loss of their game, the players showed their character by helping locals clean up after the devastating storm.

At least 26 people lost their lives as 130mph gusts and torrential rain battered Japan.

And Canada did what they could in the area around Kamaishi, where they were due to play.

The team helped shovel mud that has covered the streets into bags.

Meanwhile, their mere presence will have provided a much needed morale boost for the devastated locals.

One grateful fan tweeted: "We Japanese are grateful for Canadian Rugby Team THANK YOU FOR GREAT HELP!! We won't forget it !!"

While another added: "Thank you Canada!! Mud is heavy. The local people were saved thanks to you! Thank you!! Come to Japan again".

England's fixture against France and New Zealand's tie with Italy were both cancelled due to the weather.

But Scotland and Japan were able to fight for the last spot in the quarter-finals, with the hosts coming through 28-21.

The Cherry Blossoms have never reached the later stages of the tournament and there were emotional scenes as they sealed their victory.

Japan will take on South Africa trying to bring happiness to a country which has been hit with severe national disasters.

Coach Jamie Joseph said: “Look around and see how special this is.

"I want to acknowledge those families who lost people in the typhoon, we’re celebrating tonight but we recognise some people won’t be, and we want to acknowledge that.

“Tonight we went to another level, everyone who entered the game gave 150 per cent. Behind me I have some great coaches and that comes out with the way we play.

"Japanese haven’t trusted themselves in the tough moments before and this team has changed that and as we’ll carry that forward.”

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