Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Scotland face World Rugby disrepute charges over legal threat

Scotland face World Rugby disrepute charges over legal threat

Having exited the Rugby World Cup at the ground stage after a 28-21 defeat to hosts Japan, Scotland rugby bosses now have to answer to the world governing body.

Peak audience share clocked in at 53.7 per cent of households in the Kanto greater Tokyo area and 52.2 per cent in the Kansai western Japan region for the broadcast on Nippon Television, Video Research told Reuters on Tuesday (Oct 15). Torrential rain caused flooding and landslides in parts of the country overnight, and organizers called off the Namibia-Canada game at Kamaishi Recovery Stadium in northeastern Japan six hours before kickoff on Sunday.

Tournament organisers on Tuesday said Scottish Rugby would be referred to a disputes committee after chief executive Mark Dodson threatened legal action to enforce a postponement rather than a cancellation of the match, which was due to take place after Typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo.

In the end, Japan's victory saw them qualify at the top of the pool, while Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history.

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Scottish Rugby could face further punishment off the field as a result of Dodson's comments. We were ready for typhoons. Three games were cancelled, including the Pool B game between defending champion New Zealand and Italy, and the Pool C decider between England and France. "This was an exceptional typhoon thrown at this tournament and the tournament has handled it brilliantly".

And as the full extent of the devastation became clear, they also scrapped Namibia v Canada in Kamaishi, a town almost wiped off the map in the 2011 tsunami.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper also rejected suggestions that organizers bowed to pressure from critics to ensure the game went ahead.

Be sure to tune in for what should be a fantastic weekend of World Cup Test rugby! "It reflected the wonderful human warmth and spirit and family that has characterised this very special Rugby World Cup", Beaumont said.

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