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Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada squad help out with clean-up after typhoon devastates Japan

Players and management take to the streets and assist the locals in Kamaishi following widespread damage

Canada's players have been helping locals to clean up the damage in the town of Kamaishi following the impact of Typhoon Hagibis.

After their final Rugby World Cup match against Namibia in Pool B was called off on safety grounds, the players and management took to the streets to help with the clean-up operation in Kamaishi following widespread damage.

"In times like this there are a lot more important things than rugby and when we got here we saw people's houses absolutely destroyed, water [rising] up the walls," Canada fly-half Peter Nelson said. "We're just trying to do our very small part and help them in any way we can.

"The people here have made the tournament. It is such a friendly nation – it is only right to try to give back as much as we can."

Rugby World Cup organisers released video footage of Canada's players grabbing shovels and brooms to help sweep debris off the roads and from inside people's homes, as well as clearing away large chunks of soggy mud.

"We felt for the people of Kamaishi," lock Josh Larsen said. "About 15 of us came down, we're happy to help."

Updated: October 14, 2019 12:57 PM

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