Canadian forward Josh Larsen apologizes to Springboks for rugby red card

An Irish writer has suggested Romain Poite could have given the All Blacks three cards in their

An Irish writer has suggested Romain Poite could have given the All Blacks three cards in their win over Canada

"I saw the players' reaction after training and it was disgusting because these guys have given their lives to Italian rugby and their World Cup has ended on the training pitch, when it should be on the playing field", he said. "It is ridiculous that a decision of this nature has been made because it isn't like the fans arrived yesterday".

"If New Zealand needed four or five points against us it would not have been cancelled".

While improbable when facing the back-to-back world champions, a victory for Italy over New Zealand would have sent the Azzurri into the last eight.

Josh Larsen of Canada, left, walks off the pitch after receiving a red card during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Canada at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 08, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.

"We had the chance to play in a big stadium, against a great team", Parisse said.

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In an unprecedented move at a Rugby World Cup, organisers scrapped Saturday's matches between England and France, and New Zealand and Italy - with both fixtures in the path of the powerful typhoon.

"It is ridiculous that there was no Plan B, because it isn't news that typhoons hit Japan".

"It is hard to know that we won't have the chance to play a match against one of the great teams", said Parisse.

Meanwhile Italy coach Conor O'Shea lamented a "horrible" finish to the World Cup.

"I'm disappointed for the players, the staff and the fans".

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Whatever "robust contingency plan" World Rugby claimed they had in place, it now looks like it involved a few bullet points under the heading - CANCEL THE GAMES!

On Thursday, Italian captain Sergio Parisse raged over a decision that has cost his team a shot at the quarter final.

"We didn't know until this morning, so I'd been telling Sergio and the boys that it was on but likely to be wet, so they got the bucket of water out. But as I said before, if New Zealand needed the points it wouldn't have been cancelled". I feel privileged to have worked with them.

Ghiraldini reportedly broke down in tears on hearing news of the cancellation.

All Blacks head coach called the decision to cancel his side's game against Italy, due to the impending arrival of a typhoon, as a "no-brainer".

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"Anything can happen and you're very emotional especially for Leonardo Ghiraldini, who missed his last chance to play in an Italy jersey and to hear that your global career is finished after training is tough to take".

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