11 Oct 2019

Typhoon Hagibis potentially ruins RWC game Scotland v Japan

From First Up, 5:10 am on 11 October 2019

To Japan now, and as the country braces for Super Typhoon Hagibis - Scottish rugby fans are nervously awaiting their World Cup fate. Yesterday, World Rugby took the unprecented step of cancelling Saturday's pool game between the All Blacks and Italy, as well as the match between England and France, because of the typhoon. All four teams were instead awarded two points each, as if it were a no points draw. For the standing of those team's pools, it made little difference - England and France had already secured their place in the quarter finals - while an Italian win over the All Blacks was highly unlikely. But on Sunday, Scotland are due to play Japan, in what's essentially a knock out match. The teams - and their fans - will only find out on the morning if that game is cancelled. If it is - it's game over for the Scots. BBC Scotland rugby reporter Andy Burke told Alex Perrottet that it would be a very Scottish way to end a tournament.