Rugby World Cup match hit by floodlight failure

Organisers of the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan have said they will investigate yesterday’s (Sunday’s) floodlight failure during the Australia vs Wales match at Tokyo Stadium.

Two third of the floodlights went out during the final 10 minutes of the match, which Wales won 29-25. The match kicked off at 4:45pm local time and referee Romaine Polite opted to continue with the remainder of the fixture.

Officials told the Reuters news agency that they would investigate the cause of the floodlight failure.

The Rugby World Cup got underway on September 20 and organisers have already taken the unusual step of allowing fans to take their own food into stadia following a shortage of products during the opening few days of the tournament.

Organisers admitted that the food-shortage situation was “not befitting” of a World Cup. Although fans have been able to bring food to stadia, they will not be permitted to bring beverages as organisers stating that beer and soft drinks provision had “significantly increased”.

Yesterday’s match marked Wales’ first World Cup win against Australia since 1987.

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