World Rugby have confirmed that they will issue misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union following their comments in the build-up to their pool-deciding match against Japan.
The fixture in Yokohama was under threat last week due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis and had it not gone ahead, Scotland would have been automatically eliminated from the competition.
The chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) Mark Dodson strongly criticised World Rugby for their lack of a contingency plan and hinted at legal action if the match did not go ahead.
“We’ve had consistent dialogue in the last three or four days around this with senior people at World Rugby, but World Rugby seem to be determined to stick to its plan that the match is either played on Sunday or indeed it is cancelled, and to have it cancelled and have our ability to progress from this group put at peril, we believe is absolutely unacceptable.
“World Rugby is pointing us back to the participation agreement. We’ve had legal opinion – from a leading QC – that challenges World Rugby’s interpretation”, Dodson told BBC.
As the super typhoon passed on Saturday evening, the fixture on Sunday morning went ahead as planned and Scotland were beaten 28-21 by the tournament hosts, thus ending their campaign.
In a press conference on Tuesday, World Rugby chief operating officer Alan Gilpin confirmed that the issue had been referred to the independent disputes committee based on “the comments and behaviours” of the SRU.
While he refused to comment on the matter further, Gilpin did not rule out legal action.
World Rugby have since released a statement confirming that they have issued misconduct charges against the SRU.
“Rugby World Cup can confirm that it has issued misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union in relation to recent comments made about Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A match between Japan versus Scotland.
“The case will be decided by an Independent Disputes Committee and Rugby World Cup will not make any further comment on this matter pending the outcome.”