Japan vs Scotland : Scotland’s crucial crunch match with Rugby World Cup hosts Japan will go ahead.The Rugby World Cup clash between Ireland’s Pool A rivals, Japan and Scotland, will go ahead as scheduled.World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee announced at 3pm (NZT) Sunday’s crucial match at Yokohama International Stadium will go ahead as scheduled.
There had been fears that the game would be called off owing to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis, so the hosts would go through to the quarter and Scotland miss out.As of 3pm NZT there are reports of the death toll in Japan rising to seven, with 15 people missing.
The game was given the go-ahead after tournament organisers carried out an inspection of the Yokohama Stadium where it is due to be played later today.The decisive Pool A match had been in doubt after two Saturday fixtures were cancelled due to safety concerns surrounding Typhoon Hagibis and after today’s game between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi was called off because of damage caused in the area by the storm.
Today’s other two pool games between the United States and Tonga in Osaka and between Wales and Uruguay in Kumamoto will also go ahead after passing safety inspections.
Scotland kept their Rugby World Cup quarter-final hopes alive with a bonus point win over Russia. Gregor Townsend’s men ran in nine tries against the group whipping boys and now face the harder part of their task when they take on hosts Japan on Sunday – and thankfully it will go ahead after Typhoon Hagibis.
Under Rugby World Cup rules, any match cancelled by adverse weather conditions will be registered as a 0-0 draw, with two points awarded to both teams.
Scotland’s bonus point win over Russia means they still have a realistic chance of qualification.
But as Rugby World Cup groups are decided on head-to-head record rather than points difference, their task is still a challenging one.