TOKYO, 13 Oct - Kamaishi woke up to more than a metre of water in the streets yesterday. Rugby was off the agenda when Canada's players learned at 06:30 that their match against Namibia had been cancelled. There was only one thing to do: captain Tyler Ardron and members of the squad rolled up their sleeves and helped clean up.
Among those joining Ardron, pictured centre, was full-back Andrew Coe, Canada's try scorer against Italy. "When a typhoon strikes, and tragedy strikes, it takes a community to help out and rebuild it. We are part of that community, so we’re happy to come in," Coe said.
Embodying the true spirit of Rugby World Cup 2019, the Canadians really put in a shift clearing mud from the roads, as this video shows. Hooker Eric Howard even revealed to his team-mates that he used to work as a stable boy, so he is well-used to shovelling... all sorts of stuff.
You don't see a lot of Welsh (the language that is, not their vociferous supporters) in Japan, so full marks to the establishment in Kumamoto that put up this poster of welcome, alongside one in Spanish for the Uruguay fans. "Have a drink in the bar on the fourth floor," was the invitation. Seven out of 10 for their translation skills, said our man on his way up the stairs...
This was the queue for replica shirts just down the road from the stadium, eight hours before kick-off between Japan and Scotland. Not so surprising, maybe, that World Cup fever was in full spate on the biggest day for Japanese rugby since... well, ever. Except that this was round the corner from the Olympic Stadium, a good 40km away from the venue for the Pool A decider.
Singing in harmony!
Japanese and Scottish supporters joined forces for a spirited rendition of Flower of Scotland in Yokohama. When we say spirited, perhaps we really mean that it might be one of those versions that grows on you the more you hear it.
And if you wondered how Bak-san is getting on with his challenge to have the shirt of every country at RWC 2019 daubed on his torso by his wife, Rika, for a match involving that team, the answer is pretty well. He was back in Japan's colours for their big night, however.
There was surely never much doubt about the winner of RWC's latest epic moment. TJ Perenara's try against Namibia certainly stands rewatching, though.
After round three of #RWCEpicMoments here at Rugby World Cup 2019, the winner as voted by fans across the globe was the @AllBlacks and this phenomenal team try.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 13, 2019
Stay tuned for round four launching on Monday! @DHLRugby #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/Oag0jR5jQl
RWC Daily returns on Monday, but that doesn't mean Elma and the team have been putting their feet up...
Spot the dragon
Compelling visual evidence from Kakegawa, the nearest big town to the iconic Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, that the locals are giving their full support to Wales, in the absence of a fixture against the Brave Blossoms. A red dragon - vibrant symbol of the national flag of the reigning Six Nations champions - was spotted in various guises all over Kakegawa on Sunday, its every appearance cheered loudly by the locals.
While all rugby fans were delighted to have three matches to watch on Sunday, no one underestimates the devastating impact on Japan of Typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog. At all three of Sunday's games, a moment's silence was observed... immaculately.
A moment's silence is observed ahead of #WALvURU in solidarity of everyone affected by Typhoon Hagibis.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 13, 2019
The typhoon was one of the largest and most powerful to hit Japan in recent years, causing significant damage, disruption and, sadly, loss of life. #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/hQm44g5ZGy
Stat of the day
The cancellation of the Namibia-Canada match means that no Welsh head coach has won a match at RWC 2019. Lyn Jones's Russia lost all four of their games, while Kingsley Jones's Canucks and Phil Davies's Welwitschias go home with a Lost 3, Drew 1 record. The last Welsh head coach to win a match at a Rugby World Cup remains Lynn Howells, whose Romania team overturned a World Cup-record 15-point deficit to beat Canada 17-15 in Leicester in 2015.