The IRFU have hit back at claims by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones that Ireland and New Zealand were “vehemently opposed” to the possibility that the Pool A clash between Scotland and Japan could be rearranged.
Prior to the confirmation that today’s game would go ahead as scheduled, Scotland have been putting pressure on World Rugby to rearrange the game if it couldn’t be played on Sunday. An automatic draw as per tournament rules for postponed games would see Scotland exit the Rugby World Cup.
Jones, writing in his column in today’s Sunday Times, states that both Ireland and New Zealand were opposed to the potential rearrangement of this fixture.
However, this had led to the IRFU releasing a statement where they strongly deny the allegations made by Jones.
“The statement by Stephen Jones in today’s edition of The Sunday Times (October 13, 2019) referring to The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) being ‘vehemently opposed’ to any rearrangement of the Scotland v Japan Rugby World Cup fixture is completely false and the inference within the article that The IRFU made representations to World Rugby on the matter is totally without foundation.
“The Irish Rugby Football Union calls on Stephen Jones to immediately withdraw this scurrilous and untrue allegation.”
As previously stated, World Rugby have decided that the clash between Scotland and Japan will go ahead as previously scheduled (KO 11.45am UK & Ireland time).