Rugby World Cup Thrown Into Disarray But Australia Will Still Play
The Rugby World Cup has been thrown into disarray as Super Typhoon Hagibis bears down on Japan.
Hagibis is expected to make landfall on Saturday and will continue its deluge on Japan's main island Honshu well into Sunday.
Tokyo is expected to be worse hit, with Japan's meteorological agency predicting sustained winds of 150 k/ph with gusts reaching upwards of 200 k/ph.
Hagibis has the potential to be the most intense storm to hit Japan since records began.
Rugby World Cup organisers have already cancelled two matches scheduled on Saturday because they are in the direct path of the typhoon.
England's match with France has been cancelled, as has New Zealand's match with Italy, with each team being awarded two points as per competition rules.
"The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of public, team, tournament personnel and volunteer safety, based on expert advice and detailed weather information," organisers said.
But what will this mean for the Wallabies?
Australia's final Pool D match against Georgia is scheduled to go ahead as planned on Friday, a day before Hagibis is expected to be at its most powerful.
The match is taking place in Shizuoka, on the south east of Japan, and will miss the full force of Hagibis.
While the Wallabies match will be going ahead, the impact of other group's cancellations means their quarter-final opponents are almost certainly going to be England.
Australia is expected to finish the group in second place behind Wales, unless the Welsh suffer a shock +7 point loss to Uruguay.
With England's two points from the cancelled match, this will leave England topping Group C.
And with Australia expected to come second in Group D, that will seal a quarter-final showdown.
Australia's neighbours, New Zealand, are safely through to the quarter-finals, where they will face either Ireland, Scotland, or incredibly for the host nation, Japan, depending on how results and bonus points fall.
Scotland needs a big win over Japan to secure a quarter-final place, but their fate will lay in the hands of tournament organisers who will decide on Sunday morning if the match will go ahead.
Watch Australia play Georgia in their final Rugby World Cup group match on Friday, 8.30pm on Channel 10.