Typhoon Hagibis: World Rugby monitoring storm which could end Ireland's World Cup hopes

Ireland's World Cup campaign may be affected by Typhoon Hagibis
Ireland's World Cup campaign may be affected by Typhoon Hagibis

World Rugby are monitoring the development of a typhoon which could impact Ireland's final Pool A game against Samoa on Saturday,

Typhoon Hagibis is on course to hit Fukuoka on Japan's south-west coast by the weekend, however there is still no certainty as to what path it will take.

World Rugby rules dictate a 0-0 draw is awarded in the event of a cancellation.

However, it could be that the game is postponed until Sunday if it looks as though the storm will hit on Saturday.

Although no such decision would be taken until later this week.

A draw would potentially end Ireland's World Cup hopes as Joe Schmidt's side likely need a victory to secure their place in the last eight.

"It is still too early to determine what, if any, impact there will be on match or training activities," said a World Rugby statement on Monday.

"But we will provide an update later today."

Earlier in the tournament a typhoon heading for Japan caused World Rugby organisers to issue an extreme weather warning and close fanzones in Fukuoka and Kumamoto as a precaution, although no matches were affected.

World Rugby keen to get the game played - Farrell

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell confirmed that World Rugby have contacted the team over the potential disruption.

"They are as keen as we are to get the game played," he said.

"I believe there are contingency plans in place."

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Japan braces for Typhoon Hagibis

Any win over Samoa would take Ireland through to the quarter-finals even if Scotland were to secure the maximum 10 points from their two remaining fixtures against Russia and Japan.

Should the Six Nations rivals finish the group level on points, Ireland would advance via the head-to-head rule having won the contest between the two in Yokohama.

Meanwhile Japan remain in pole position to top the group, something they will do as long as they avoid defeat by Scotland on Sunday.