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Scotland and World Rugby at loggerheads over lack of World Cup contingency plan

A row is brewing between World and Scotland Rugby after the crucial World Cup Match of Sunday threw with Japan into doubt.

Scottish Rugby says itfully expects contingency plans to be set in place to get Scotlands win-or-bust clash with the Brave Blossoms in Yokohama.
However, World Rugby states itwill not treat the game any otherwise to the other matches influenced by the super typhoon and will not entertain playing the fixture at a later date.
Gregor Townsend has predicted to do whatever they can to make sure the game goes ahead – even if it means playing the showdown behind shut doors.
Scotland should beat Japan to advance to the quarter-finals but by cancelling the game, the match listed as a draw would be seen and spell out the end of the Scots effort without them kicking against another ball.
Such a shock move is certain to ignite a enormous backlash from the Scotland loyal since World Rugby had insisted itd contingency measures in place.
In the event the match were called off murrayfield resources have voiced concern over the competitions sporting integrity.
But with also called off New Zealands clash with Italy – effectively knocking out the Azzurri of this competition – that state pool games cannot be rescheduled to another date.
Asked if Scotlands game might be pushed back 24 hours, World Rugby tournament manager Alan Gilpin said:Weve looked at the capacity to employ some constant contingency plan across all of the games that could be affected this weekend, but it is important we handle those games fairly and consistently.
I think that its important to recall Italy are at precisely the exact same place as Scotland are in.
The Japan-Scotland sport is obviously is a enormous match, wed love to be playing that game, and well be working unbelievably hard with all our colleagues from Japan Rugby 2019, both the host towns and all the authorities on Sunday afternoon to observe that game played.
But we wont treat this game, if it cant be performed, any differently to the other matches.
Scotland head coach Townsend thinks there are means to be sure the match goes and expects that World Cup organisers are doing everything.
We have to have faith at the organisers that the match is going to be played even if its behind closed doors or at a different place, said Townsend.
There are a number of unique venues that might not be affected by the weather. There are training places. We trained in NTT [Shining Arcs RFC]. Japan trained in Prince Chichibu, which has hosted international games.
What do we need? We are in need of officials, we want players. How I read the rules has been that you can not alter days but you could change contingencies and venues are set up.
I have been told there is force majeure (steps in the rules) and items might change due to exceptional circumstances.
If that means Monday since it takes a day to get items to be put back in order, then who knows. But right now I think theyre going on it going ahead on Sunday.
Asked whether it could be a bitter blow to view Scotland dumped out on the rear of a cancelled fixture, Townsend stated:Itll make things very unusual to get a World Cup in almost any sport to be determined by a match being called off one day.
Lets say youre looking out of your hotel window at 5pm on Sunday afternoon and its bright. It would be peculiar if a game couldnt occur that afternoon or the next day.

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