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World Rugby decide fate of Scotland v Japan game

The biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades had put Scotland’s must-win game in jeopardy

After 4 days of uncertainty and thousands of column inches, not to mention legal threats, World Rugby have finally made a decision over whether or not the crucial Japan vs Scotland Pool A decider will go ahead.

Thankfully for Scotland fans, at least, the game is due to go ahead after the governing body World Rugby inspected the pitch following Typhoon Hagibis, checked the entry points for fans and deemed the game was safe to play.

WalesOnline Rugby on Twitter

The Japan squad had to wade through water to get to their training session ealier today https://t.co/o2FFeYIEDz

The game is crucial for Scotland’s chances of progressing to the Quarter Finals because any cancelled game would have been deemed a draw – which would have left Japan on 16 points and Scotland on 12. Ireland have already qualified following their humbling of Samoa earlier, so if the game had been called off then Japan would have gone through as Runners Up.

Rugby World Cup on Twitter

UPDATE: Japan v Scotland at Yokohama to go ahead as scheduled. Full assessment confirms venue is ready to host big Pool A match following the passing of Typhoon Hagibis. #RWC2019 #JPNvSCO https://t.co/gmuGuJSfot

Any celebrations will inevitably be muted by the stark realisation that this typhoon is the biggest to hit Japan in over 60 years and has cost 3 confirmed lives and displaced hundreds of thousands.

I’m sure all our thoughts and prayers will go out to the people of Japan in this terribly difficult time.

In terms of rugby, Scotland need at least a win to progress to the Quarter Finals – which will be no easy feat considering how well Japan played against Ireland.

But at least one thing’s guaranteed, Scotland’s fate is in their own hands and won’t be decided by the weather.

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  1. Hope Scotland haven’t been thrown off by the conditions. If we play theyway we did against Ireland, we’re fooked. But if we play to our true potential…anything’s possible. What’s amazing is that how seriously we’re taking Japan. It’s a true testament to how far they’ve come and how dangerous they now are.

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