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England praying for family caught in typhoon chaos, says Mako Vunipola

• Friends and family of squad endure lockdown in Tokyo
• Vunipola: ‘I just hope everyone is safe’

England’s players were left “hoping and praying” for their families and friends after the emergency lockdown in Tokyo as Super Typhoon Hagibis beat a destructive path across Japan’s capital. The squad have decamped 700 miles south to Miyazaki and out of harm’s way from what was forecast to be the most violent typhoon since 1958.

On Thursday, Eddie Jones and the England logistics team took advantage of the cancellation of their match against France – that was supposed to be played in nearby Yokohama on Saturday – by flying here, where they were based for eight days before the start of the tournament, just hours after learning the Pool C decider had been called off.

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