Typhoon and match cancellation could end Ireland's play-off hopes

Typhoon and match cancellation could end Ireland's play-off hopes

There is great concern in the Irish rugby camp on the eve of their match against Samoa on Saturday.

The typhoon Typhoon Hagibis off the south west coast of Japan could threaten the game against Samoa and with a forecast of winds up to 250 km/h (160 mph) it is conceivable that the match won’t be played.

That would threaten Ireland’s future and even their qualification for the play-offs in the tournament. They need a win from the match to ensure their advance to the quarters.

Weather forecasters have issued a warning for the typhoon which is heading towards the city of Fukuoka where the Pool A clash is scheduled to take place.

♦ If the game were to be cancelled, the match would be declared a pointless draw with both sides receiving two log points each. No bonus points would be given.

Should Scotland win both their remaining two matches against Russia and Japan with one bonus point, Ireland would be knocked out of the RWC at the group stage.

♦ There is also the possibility Scotland's game against Japan in Yokohama on Sunday could be affected.