Rugby World Cup – Two matches off and Scotland v Japan in doubt

Scottish fans are very worried about no plan b for their game against Japan on Sunday, The game could is highly unlikely to go ahead due to a Typhoon Hagibis hitting Japan.

If the Scotland v Japan match was to be called off, under tournament rules Gregor Townsend’s side are likely be knocked out of the World Cup. Cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part of a 0-0 draw.

Scotland, third in Pool A on 10 points with leaders Japan on 14, need to beat the hosts to go through, potentially relying on bonus points.

Ireland’s match with Samoa in Fukuoka is expected to go ahead as scheduled. If second-placed Ireland beat Samoa, a weather-enforced two-point haul would mean Scotland finish third in Pool A and go out, although, in this scenario, an Ireland defeat would mean Scotland progress.

England against France on Saturday has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, described as the biggest of the year, is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

“The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly,” said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

“It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice.”

The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota on Saturday has also been cancelled, denying Italy their outside chance of qualifying.

“We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned,” said a Scottish Rugby spokesman.

“Public safety is the clear priority.

“Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals on the pitch, and will be flexible to accommodate this.”


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