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Typhoon set to derail final weekend of pool stages as Japan braces for impact

Typhoon set to derail final weekend of pool stages as Japan braces for impact
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An announcement is set to be made today regarding the status of the final round of pool play matches this coming weekend, as Japan awaits the impact of Typhoon Hagibis. 

With key clashes between France and England and Japan and Scotland set to determine the outcome of the quarter finals, tournament organisors are about to announce that they may be cancelled.

There is also talk of games being played in closed stadiums (no fans), but at this stage nothing has been confirmed. A press briefing takes place at 12:00 today (Japan time) in Tokyo.

If Scotland vs Japan is called off, Scotland could be out of the tournament, due to tournament rules that stipulate that cancelled matches result in a draw and two points for each team. That would likely leave Scotland in third place, with Ireland and Japan going through.

Scotland’s only hope would be if Samoa beat Ireland, and deny them a bonus point.

England and France meanwhile are both already through to the knockouts, but with a draw, England will stay top and France in second place.

Typhoon Hagibis is being called ‘explosive’ and officials are urging residents to prepare for potentially severe weather, including dangerous storm surges.

If it builds as predicted, it could be one of the most damaging typhoons in Japanese history.

UPDATE: England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy have both been called off. The Japan fixture with Scotland is still going ahead, for now. This may change in the coming hours as weather monitoring continues. 

4 Comments

  •  im1
    im1
    10:55 AM 10/10/2019

    Why not just playing the England France game and NZ Italy games on Friday?

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  •  im1
    im1
    10:54 AM 10/10/2019

    Points difference

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  •  katman
    katman
    10:10 AM 10/10/2019

    One of the possible permutations in Pool A has got my very basic brain stumped. I know that if two teams end on the same points, whoever won the head-to-head between them wins the “decider” (e.g. Japan over Ireland). But what if three teams end tied, and they all beat one and lost to one of the other two? Because this is a possibility if the Scotland/Japan match goes ahead.If Scotland (currently on 10) were to beat Japan with a bonus point, but Japan (currently on 14) still secure a losing bonus point in the match, and Ireland (currently on 11) were to beat Samoa without a bonus point, then all three teams will end on 15 points. And each of them would’ve lost to one and beaten one of the three in contention.That's like rock paper scissors: Japan beat Ireland but lose to Scotland. Ireland beat Scotland but lose to Japan. Scotland beat Japan but lose to Ireland. In this scenario, who tops the pool, who goes through in second place, and who goes home?

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    •  im1
      im1
      10:54 AM 10/10/2019

      https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tournament-rules

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