Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Typhoon Hagibis Threatens To Disrupt Ireland Vs Samoa World Cup Game

Typhoon Hagibis Threatens To Disrupt Ireland Vs Samoa World Cup Game

A powerful typhoon that organisers have warned could impact the final weekend of the Rugby World Cup pool stage has changed course, leaving forecasters and pundits wondering which games might be affected and who could benefit.

Temperatures have dipped to a much more manageable 22 degrees and the humidity has vanished.

"We have looked at that and there is very little you can do about that but it's certainly something we're aware of".

Organisers also warned of disruption from Tropical Storm Tapah over the opening weekend, while there were contingency plans in place to relocate France's game with the US last week if it was affected by Typhoon Mitag.

Players, too, seem unconcerned at present. If we stay in Fukuoka and we play here, we have to deal with the conditions that will present themselves.

"I live in a bubble and I don't know where the game would be played".

Thirty of Ireland's 31 players trained fully earlier today, with Jordi Murphy missing out.

"The boys haven't even spoken about it - we just go from day to day, get on with our preparations".

In the event of a cancellation, the England-France match would be declared a no-score draw, leaving Jones's men top of Pool C - but also meaning they could be pitched into a quarter-final the following Saturday under-cooked.

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"I suppose with the timing of the injury just before we left for Japan, and the nature of it as well, it was always going to be a bit of a frustration".

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World Rugby insists it has a "robust contingency plan in place" should the adverse weather impact tournament fixtures.

World Rugby this afternoon issued a statement confirming they are working on contingency plans around the games scheduled for the Tokyo area.

This would mean that Scotland could potentially leapfrog Joe Schmidt's men into second place if they can defeat Russian Federation on Wednesday and Ireland's conquerors Japan on Sunday.

'Public and team safety is our number one priority. "It would be inappropriate to comment on any contingency plans at this stage".

"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".

Carbery nearly missed the World Cup with the ankle ligament injury he suffered in August's victory over Italy in Dublin, but was backed by boss Joe Schmidt to shake off that blow while out in Japan.

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