Three grueling weeks of pool play have produced upsets, controversy, several cancelled matches, and at least one suspension. On Saturday, the 2019 Rugby World Cup moves along, as eight teams take to the pitch for the quarterfinals. Saturday’s contests include England (-300) taking on Australia (+260) in Oita, followed by favorites New Zealand (-460) against pre-tournament #1 Ireland (+390) from Tokyo. Sunday’s action features Wales (-225) versus France (+235), also from Oita, then surprising hosts Japan (+459) face South Africa (-600) at Tokyo Stadium.
At least 35 people have been killed in a devastating typhoon that hit Japan this weekend. Many others are missing. This is considered to be Japan’s most severe storm in the last 60 years. The typhoon hit shortly before 9 PM local time on the Izu Peninsula in southwestern Tokyo. It is now moving along the east coast of Japan’s main island. The wind speed of this storm has reached a maximum of 225 kilometers per hour.