Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan vs Scotland game to go ahead following Typhoon Hagibis

The Independent Sports 1 day ago

The Rugby World Cup match between Japan and Scotland will go ahead on Sunday at the International Stadium Yokohama.

The Independent understands that the pitch passed an inspection early on Sunday morning, despite record levels of rainfall the previous day in which some areas experienced nearly one metre of rainfall in 48 hours.

However, a further assessment will now take place to decide if fans will be allowed to attend the match, which kicks off at 7:45pm Japan Standard Time [11:45pm BST]. Tournament organisers are awaiting information from travel authorities about whether the appropriate public transport proficiencies will be in place to ensure supporters can safely travel to the stadium, with the alternative being that the match is played behind closed doors.

The damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the worst tropical cyclones to ever hit Japan in terms of size and power, lead to World Rugby cancelling the opening Pool B match between Namibia and Canada on Sunday.

At least four people have died following the tropical cyclone and a further 17 are missing following widespread flooding, electrical outages, intense rainfall, powerful winds and a tornado.

But the remaining three matches are now set to go ahead, with USA vs Tonga and Wales vs Uruguay preceding the pool-stage finale between the tournament hosts and Scotland, to decide who joins Ireland in emerging from Pool A.

Staff were in place early on Sunday morning to carry out a full inspection of the stadium, which can hold up to 70,000 fans and was due to host England's final pool game against France on Saturday that was cancelled due to the typhoon. 

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