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Flying high: Schmidt's boys fly out for Rugby World Cup amid typhoon chaos

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All set: Ireland's rugby players Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray with Aer Lingus cabin crew Nicole Leonard, Lianne Stapleton, Shannen McDonnell and Sophie Warren before the squad departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: Frank McGrath

All set: Ireland's rugby players Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray with Aer Lingus cabin crew Nicole Leonard, Lianne Stapleton, Shannen McDonnell and Sophie Warren before the squad departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: Frank McGrath

All set: Ireland's rugby players Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray with Aer Lingus cabin crew Nicole Leonard, Lianne Stapleton, Shannen McDonnell and Sophie Warren before the squad departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Joe Schmidt and Ireland's hopefuls have jetted out for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The squad gathered yesterday for their scheduled flight despite a deadly typhoon continuing to wreak havoc in the host nation.

Three people lost their lives as the devastating Typhoon Faxai made landfall in the Chiba district, which will host the Irish in their opening week of acclimatisation.

Almost half a million homes were without electricity in Tokyo yesterday and a number of people died from heatstroke.

England flew into the eye of the storm earlier this week while Australia decided to delay their arrival.

However, the IRFU set off as planned from Dublin Airport yesterday.

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