World Rugby have responded to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis which threatens to disrupt not only the Ireland versus Samoa fixture on Saturday, but also the Wales match against Uruguay and the Japan versus Scotland game which are both scheduled for Sunday.
A statement by World Rugby says that they are monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is currently developing off the south coast of Japan. Some forecasters suggest that it could reach super typhoon status later this week.
The World Rugby statement reads as follows: "The latest modelling from our weather information experts and the Japan Meteorological Agency, indicates that the typhoon is tracking in a north-westerly direction and could bring high winds and heavy rain to southern Japan on 12 and 13 October.
"While it is too early to determine the exact trajectory and impact, if any, of the typhoon at this early stage, as per previous typhoon warnings, we have a robust contingency programme in place in the event adverse weather looks likely to impact fixtures.
"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. Fans are advised to monitor official Rugby World Cup channels for any updates."
It is not known what measures can/will be taken, but it would probably involve either moving the timings or venues of any potentially affected matches.
It should be noted that the 0-0 draw rule with two points going to both sides in the case of cancellation, will only apply if the match is postponed on the match day.
♦ There is some good news that the Ireland/Samoa match will not have the gale force plus winds as predicted early on Monday to contend with, but even with lesser winds of 150 km/h rugby will be impossible – especially if the city of Fukuoka, where the Pool A clash is scheduled to take place, is disrupted.
In addition to Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Japan could all be affected if the 0-0 draw rule applies.
- For the Irish, where a cancellation will be deemed a 0-0 draw with two points to each side, a Scottish win over Japan would see Ireland miss qualification for the knock-out stages.
- A Wales bonus point victory over Fiji on Wednesday would leave Australia unable to oust Wales as pool winners, even if the Uruguay game was declared a 0-0 draw. That's because Australia would only able to match their points tally and would lose out on head-to-head having been beaten by Wales in Tokyo.
But anything less than a bonus point victory for Wales against Fiji could see Australia overtake Wales in the running for top spot were the match against Uruguay to be called off.
- Japan could also be affected if their match against Scotland on Sunday is cancelled. If the Irish can go ahead with their match against Samoa and win, they will then overtake Japan at the top o the log which will affect who their opponents in the quarterfinal will be!
And Scotland will then not be able to beat Japan, which they need to do to go through.