- 11th October 2019 at 8:40 pm #8378
Looks like Mark Dodson and the SRU are ‘considering legal action’ over any cancellation of Sunday’s game. This is resported on the BBC Sport site:
“Scottish Rugby’s Mark Dodson says “legal opinion unravels” the case.
Gregor Townsend’s side lie third behind Ireland and Japan in Pool A and must beat the hosts – earning four more points than them – to progress to the quarter-final stage unless the Irish lose to Samoa.
World Rugby rules state that “where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day and shall be considered as cancelled. In such situations, the result shall be allocated two points each and no score registered”.
But Dodson said: “World Rugby have pointed us back to the participation agreement and that it is clearly stated there. We’ve had a legal opinion and then we’ve taken a leading sports QC opinion in London that challenges that and unravels the World Rugby case.”
I’m far from a legal expert, but not sure exactly what case they might have? You’d assume that, as it was in the rules before that tournament, that by taking part they were accepting those rules.
I tend to think Sport and Law don’t mix well (just look at Israel Folau). But then on the flip side, it looks like World Rugby didn’t actually have any contingency plans beyond cancelling games.
Could get messy
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