A massive typhoon could threaten to derail Ireland’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup with World Rugby confirming that they are monitoring the situation.
Latest forecasts suggest that Typhoon Hagibis is set to bring gusts of up to 111mph and could hit the island of Kyushu, where Ireland are set to take on Samoa, on Saturday.
Ireland know that they need a bonus-point victory over their opponents in their final Pool A game. But the rules currently state that any games cancelled at the World Cup due to weather problems are registered as scoreless draws.
This would mean that Scotland could potentially leapfrog Joe Schmidt’s men into second place if they can defeat Russia on Wednesday and Ireland’s conquerors Japan on Sunday.
Wales’ game with Uruguay could also be in jeopardy the day after and while Warren Gatland’s side would still qualify should they beat Fiji, they could see Australia go above them and top the pool.
World Rugby released a statement on the issue outlining that have a “robust contingency in place” should the adverse weather conditions affect any games. But stated that it is “too early” to determine if the Typhoon will impact any matches or training activities.
“We are monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is currently developing off the south coast of Japan.
“The latest modelling from our weather information experts and the Japan Meteorological Agency, indicates that the typhoon is tracking in a north-westerly direction and could bring high winds and heavy rain to southern Japan on 12 and 13 October.
“While it is too early to determine the exact trajectory and impact, if any, of the typhoon at this early stage, as per previous typhoon warnings, we have a robust contingency programme in place in the event adverse weather looks likely to impact fixtures.
“We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation in partnership with our weather information experts, local authorities, transport providers and the teams, and will provide a further update tomorrow. Fans are advised to monitor official Rugby World Cup channels for any updates.”