Scotland play-off hopes alive as their match against Japan goes ahead

Scotland play-off hopes alive as their match against Japan goes ahead

Scotland's pool deciding Rugby World Cup match against Japan has been given the go-ahead as the impact of Typhoon Hagibis began to ease.

The decision was made early on Sunday morning after an inspection of the stadium in Yokohama.The match kicks off at 12:45.

However, Namibia's clash with Canada was also called off just before this announcement – the third cancellation after the New Zealand vs Italy and England vs France fixtures were called off during the week and recorded as 0-0 draws.

The following World Rugby statement on the Japans/Scotland clash was issued: "World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced that Sunday’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at Yokohama International Stadium (19:45 JST) will go ahead as scheduled.

"The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the Host City.

"World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years.

"Fans attending Sunday night’s match are advised to check travel operator information before departing and plan to arrive early as it may take longer than usual to enter the stadium.

"Fans should also expect a significantly reduced level of spectator service in terms of catering and merchandise sales owing to limitations on venue staff availability as a result of the typhoon."

The news was especially welcomed by the Scots, who have to win to maintain any chance of progressing to the quarterfinals. Depending on many result permutations, the result  could leave their opponents, the current Pool A leaders and hosts Japan, out of the quarterfinal play-offs. (See http://rugbyvaria.co.za/world-cup/world-cup-news/ireland-book-quarterfinal-spot-but-boks-opponent-still-not-determined for various qualification scenarios)

The outcome of this match will determine South Africa's quarterfinal opponent. The Boks play the winner of Pool A.