England and Australia left stranded at airport after Typhoon Faxai

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones

England had a tough beginning to their World Cup campaign after they were left stranded at Narita International Airport in Tokyo following typhoon Faxai.

The red rose team departed to Japan on Sunday night and reached Tokyo on Monday morning but were struck in the place for five hours before resuming with their plan. With winds of around 105kmph, the adverse weather forced cancellation of 130 flights while railway and subway operations also were suspended.

England coach Eddie Jones said his side is excited about the showpiece event as they aim to win their second title since they last won in 2003.

“We are excited to arrive in Japan, it is a great honour and privilege to represent England and we are looking forward to the tournament,” Jones said upon arrival at Narita.

“This is a unique World Cup. It’s the first time in a tier-two nation so our ability to adapt quickly will be imperative.

“Every one of the 20 teams goes into the World Cup with the target of being at their best. We think we have prepared well so we have put ourselves in a good position.”

Meanwhile, Australia's arrival in the country were also delayed by 16 hours following strong winds.

England squad will assemble for a training camp in Miyazaki before they kick-start their campaign against Tonga in Sapporo on 22nd September.

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