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Sport Ireland's Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa set to go ahead but Scotland's match in doubt amid Typhoon Hagibis chaos

09:20  10 october  2019
09:20  10 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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  Now Super Typhoon Hagibis has Scotland v Japan game in its sights Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor said he was not aware of any contact from World Rugby to discuss possible contingency plans after latest forecasting suggested Super Typhoon Hagibis, which is bound for Japan this weekend, could now threaten the Yokohama area, where the Scots are due to face the hosts in a potential quarter-final decider on Sunday. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd It had been initially thought that the southern part of Japan would be the worst hit by what is now a Category 5 (the highest) storm, the biggest of typhoon season, with Hagibis being described as the most violent and powerful storm in the world this year,

Andy Farrell believes World Rugby are as keen as Ireland to see Saturday’ s final Pool A clash with Samoa completed.

Scotland ’ s World Cup is still in doubt after tournament organisers said on Thursday they would wait until Sunday morning to decide if their final and decisive pool match against Japan would go Rugby World Cup : tournament in question as Japan braces for super Typhoon Hagibis – live. Read more.

Ireland's World Cup clash with Samoa will go ahead as planned in Fukuoka on Saturday but a decision on whether the other final game in the pool goes ahead between Japan and Scotland won't be made until Sunday morning.

The games between England v France and New Zealand v Italy were cancelled by World Rugby earlier today due to the fact that Typhoon Hagibis, which is potentially the worst of the season, is on course to hit Tokyo and the city of Toyota on Saturday.

England, France and New Zealand are already through to the quarter-finals.

"Maybe the typhoon gods are smiling on us," said England boss Eddie Jones, on hearing his squad will avoid Le Crunch with their French rivals and have the guts of a fortnight off to prepare for their last eight tie.

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  Typhoon Hagibis track: how the Japan super typhoon could affect England and Ireland's Rugby World Cup fixtures World Rugby are monitoring the situation and i understands key matches could be moved to other stadiums in case of inclement weatheri understands the World Cup's tournament rules which state clearly that a pool match cannot be rescheduled to a later date still stand, and it would currently not be possible for a match such as Ireland vs Samoa to be moved from Saturday to Sunday to take over a time slot and venue occupied by Canada vs Namibia in Kamaishi or USA vs Tonga in Osaka.

Rugby World Cup officials may cancel Ireland v Samoa to maintain competition 'integrity': reports. Japan are likely to qualify for their first quarter-finals appearance and Scotland will cruelly miss out on the playoffs as Typhoon Hagibis causes chaos to the Rugby World Cup .

England and Scotland ’ s World Cup pool deciders this weekend are under threat from one of the most violent super typhoons in recent history, potentially causing chaos for Super Typhoon Hagibis had initially threatened Ireland ’ s key match against Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday, but has altered its

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But Ireland, Japan and Scotland in Pool A  are all still battling it out to qualify for the knock-out stages.

World Cup organisers will wait until the morning of the hosts' game, which is scheduled for Yokohama, to make a decision on whether to play the game as planned, to play it behind closed doors if there is a public transport shutdown in the Tokyo region, or to reschedule for Monday.

Under the rules the game should be cancelled, and if that is the decision made then Ireland cannot top the group - even if they secure a bonus point win over Samoa, which would leave Ireland on 16 points.

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Rugby World Cup officials may cancel Ireland v Samoa to maintain competition 'integrity': reports. Japan are likely to qualify for their first quarter-finals appearance and Scotland will cruelly miss out on the playoffs as Typhoon Hagibis causes chaos to the Rugby World Cup .

Japan are currently on 14 points and if their game is cancelled it will be confirmed as a 0-0 draw with both the hosts and Scotland taking two points each.

  Ireland's Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa set to go ahead but Scotland's match in doubt amid Typhoon Hagibis chaos © NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX

Japan would top the group on 16 points because of their head to head record with Ireland, while Scotland will exit the tournament having not had the chance to beat the hosts.

Not surprisingly, the Scots are up in arms over such a prospect.

"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," read a statement.

Samoa head coach Steve Jackson said that World Rugby had made the right call.

a group of people playing football on a field: Cian Healy at Ireland rugby squad training in Fukuoka © INPHO/Dan Sheridan Cian Healy at Ireland rugby squad training in Fukuoka

"Look, it's supposed to be a huge typhoon, i don't know what cat they'll put it in but it's supposed to be pretty bad," he said.

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  Typhoon Hagibis: latest Japan weather forecast, and how Rugby World Cup fixtures could be disrupted Japan's Meteorological Agency has predicted Typhoon Hagibis will reach 'violent' category as it nears the Rugby World Cup location KyushuThe cyclone, whose name means "velocity" in Filipino (it shares its name with a 1980s disco group from Manila), is currently off the south coast of Japan.

England’ s clash with France may be moved to Oita or cancelled; Japan v Scotland could be postponed 24 hours.

He hopes that will be against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday. "An unfortunate injury to Kenki (against South Africa on 6 September) gave me the While earmarking scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, fly-half Finn Russell and full-back Stuart Hogg as Scotland ' s danger men, Lemeki said the match could

"We'd all like to see these games played but if it is as bad as we've been told, too right that they've got to cancel it, because there's too much involved in terms of people's lives.

"World Rugby have to make a call and with the games being cancelled, maybe the teams involved can go into each other's hotels and have a beer together.

"What we understand is this typhoon will be pretty bad, and the right decision has been made in those two pools.

"The tightest one is our pool, and they won't know until Sunday if the Japan v Scotland game will be cancelled or played."

World Rugby said that fans with tickets for the cancelled games will receive a full refund.

a person talking on a cell phone: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt © INPHO/Dan Sheridan Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

"Every effort is being made to ensure Sunday’s matches will be played as scheduled," said World Rugby in a statement.

"A thorough assessment of venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning.

"Based on the advice of government authorities and experts, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee are advising fans in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas to stay indoors on Saturday, not to travel and to keep monitoring the official Rugby World Cup 2019 digital and social channels, including the RWC 2019 Fan Information Twitter handle @Japan2019_ENG for regular updates."

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  The Rugby World Cup typhoon, World Rugby's new statement and what it would mean if Wales v Uruguay was declared a 0-0 draw A typhoon is heading for the Rugby World CupTyphoon Hagibis has formed in the Western Pacific Ocean to the south of Japan, with forecasts suggesting it could hit the southern island of Kyushu this weekend.

Rugby World Cup pool permutations: who needs what in the last week? Doubts have emerged, however, over whether Saturday’ s match will go ahead with Super Typhoon Hagibis changing The typhoon had initially been set to cause disruption to Ireland ’ s key Pool A match with Russia in

Rugby World Cup - What happens if Typhoon Hagibis gets England, Scotland , Ireland and Wales matches abandoned. England Rugby World Cup game v France is OFF due to super typhoon Hagibis .

Speaking at a press conference held earlier today in Tokyo, World Rugby Chief Operating Officer and Tournament Director Alan Gilpin said: “This is a complex and dynamic situation which we have been monitoring extremely closely with the assistance of our weather information experts.

"We are now in a position to accurately predict the likely impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend.

“While making every possible effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday’s matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers and other tournament personnel exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon.

“As a result, we have taken the decision to cancel some matches in order to ensure the safety of all involved.

Luke McGrath during Ireland Rugby squad training session at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka, Japan. © Getty Images Luke McGrath during Ireland Rugby squad training session at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka, Japan.

"It is the right thing to do, and comes with the support of all stakeholders, including the teams.

“We fully appreciate that England, France, New Zealand and Italy fans will be disappointed, but we trust they will appreciate that their safety must come first.

"They will be entitled to a full refund on their match tickets.

“Our message for all fans in Japan for Rugby World Cup is to heed all official advice, stay indoors throughout Saturday and do not attempt to travel on the day".

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Scotland's Townsend optimistic Japan showdown will go ahead .
Scotland's Townsend optimistic Japan showdown will go aheadHe said his understanding of the rules was that the day of the match could not be changed. But he said had also been told "things can change" if a force majeure is declared under "exceptional circumstances", and he did not know whether that could yet make Monday a possible date.

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