Published: 15:34 | 10/10/19

Townsend calls for Scots game to go ahead


Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has urged World Rugby to do everything in their power to ensure that their crucial Pool A game with hosts Japan goes ahead on Sunday.

With two games already cancelled due to the threat from Typhoon Hagibis and Scotland’s clash with Japan under review, Townsend is desperate to ensure that his side are in charge of their own World Cup destiny.

The Scots will be eliminated if the game is cancelled if Ireland get so much as a losing bonus point from their game against Samoa on Saturday.

It would be a sad end to their campaign and Townsend has called on World Rugby to look at other contingencies if required.

We believe the game hasn't been cancelled because the weather forecast is much improved for Sunday,” he said.

"It looks like the game will be played and that's what we have to keep faith with.

"They have made the call with a lot of certainty and a lot of confidence that the game will go ahead on Sunday night.

"I would hope that everyone who is involved in the tournament would want the game to be played and that they will do all they can to ensure that it is.

"I believe the game will be played. The situation is changing a lot but what we have been told is that Sunday looks clear now.

"Saturday is the day when the typhoon comes in and it comes in quite quickly. I have looked at the weather and Sunday night looks to be quite calm.

"What might happen is that the infrastructure might not be in place even although the weather is nice.

"That's where we have to believe and have faith in the organisers that the game will be played even if it's behind closed doors or at a different venue."

A Scottish Rugby statement on the matter said: "We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned. Public safety is the clear priority.

"With potential impact on our last Pool A fixture, Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals on the pitch, and will be flexible to accommodate this."

However, World Rugby have previously stated that any cancelled games will be registered as a 0-0 result which could see the Scots eliminated without a ball being kicked.

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