World Rugby are due to hold a press conference tomorrow as the impending Typhoon Hagibis threatens to cause havoc to a number of fixtures.
While it initially appeared that Ireland’s clash with Samoa on Saturday in Fukuoka was the only game in the firing line, the danger has now spread to the England v France and Japan v Scotland fixtures due to take place in Yokohama across the weekend.
World Rugby has previously stated that contingency plans are being compiled should the typhoon hit the areas which could include relocating the games or carrying out the fixtures behind closed doors to reduce the risks to supporters.
Should the games be moved, it would mean a massive logistical undertaking including moving and accommodating both teams and support staff, while it would spell trouble for travelling fans.
According to tournament rules, should the fixtures be called off, it would result in a 0-0 draw following which both teams would be awarded two points.
Needless to say, that outcome could have huge ramifications across the pools in which the top spot is still being fought for, especially in Pool A.
Scotland’s bonus-point win over Russia earlier on Wednesday means that Gregor Townsend’s side lie in third place in the table, just one point behind Ireland. Meanwhile, Joe Schmidt’s side need to get full points from their clash with Samoa, while they will be keeping a nervy eye on the clash on Scotland and table toppers, Japan, to decide the quarter-finalists.
World Rugby have yet to confirm their contingency plans and more information is expected following Thursday’s press conference in Toyko at 12pm (4am Irish time). In attendance will be Alan Gilpin, Tournament Director World Rugby and Akira Shimazu, CEO of Japan Rugby.
You can find the full list of permutations for Pool A here.