LOOSE Women has been CANCELLED tomorrow for the Rugby World Cup match between Japan and Russia.
The daytime TV show won’t air on Friday 20th September, and neither will This Morning.
ITV has instead been taken over by the sport, which will no doubt come as a blow for fans of the programmes.
Loose Women is being sacrificed to air the opening match of the tournament, which kicks off at 11.45am while pre-show coverage begins fifteen minutes earlier.
Meanwhile, the World Cup’s opening ceremony begins at 10.25am – booting This Morning from the schedule.
The programme announced the news on Twitter earlier today, writing: “Time for our last This Morning of the week just a second because tomorrow at 10.25am the Rugby World Cup 2019 gets underway with the opening ceremony in Tokyo.”
One disgruntled fan tweeted ITV: “Could you please tell me why you’ve had to put the rugby on in place of This Morning and Loose women next Friday when ITV2, 3 and 4 could surely be used for one or the other?”
They added: “Will this be a regular occurrence?”
The match is on so early in the day because Japan are hosting the World Cup this year.
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Rugby Union is a minority sport in the country and the hosts are hoping that a successful run in the tournament will inspire a nation.
England are due to play their first match on Sunday, where they will take on Tonga.
However, it is reigning champions New Zealand that are the bookies favourites to ultimately lift the Webb Ellis Trophy.
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