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Rugby World Cup: Scotland v Japan match to go ahead

  • World Rugby rules crucial game can proceed in wake of typhoon
  • Wales v Uruguay and USA v Tonga on, Namibia v Canada off

The under-threat Rugby World Cup pool match between Scotland and Japan is to go ahead as scheduled on Sunday.

Tournament organisers have decided it is safe to proceed with the fixture at Yokohama’s International Stadium, despite widespread local disruption in the wake of Japan’s most powerful storm for 61 years.

Games between Wales and Uruguay and the US and Tonga will also go ahead as planned, but the match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi has been cancelled as a consequence of flooding and infrastructure damage caused by typhoon Hagibis. Reports suggest at least seven people have died in the storm, with 15 missing and at least 124 injured.

With some areas having received up to 40% of their average annual rainfall in recent days and the region having also been rocked by gale-force winds and a 5.7-magnitude earthquake, the organisers had to make a detailed risk assessment of the state of the venue and transport links before making their decision.

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