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Ireland still gets a chance to finish top of its Rugby World Cup group — for now.
The Irish are jostling with Japan for top spot in Pool A, having lost to the hosts, and need to beat Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday while hoping the Scots win against the Japanese on Sunday.
The impending arrival of Typhoon Hagibis hitting Japan has forced the cancellation of Saturday’s two other scheduled matches — the Pool C decider between England and France at Yokohama, near Tokyo, and the Pool B game between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota.
“The teams that have been cancelled can probably go to each others’ hotels and sit down and have a beer together,” Samoa coach Steve Jackson said. “We all want a spectacle and everyone wants to watch teams play but at the end of the day, from what we understand, the degree of this typhoon is pretty bad. The right decision’s been made.”
It’s the first time games have been canceled at rugby’s showpiece tournament, and while Ireland vs. Samoa is still going ahead it could yet be called off. So could the Japan-Scotland game in Yokohama.
“It’s more frustrating for the English, French, New Zealanders and Italians. Scotland-Japan, there’s no decision on it,” Ireland captain Rory Best said on Thursday. “From our point of view, that makes it easier because we go out, we play our game. You assume the game goes ahead on Sunday and, if it doesn’t, you cross that bridge when you come to it.”
Fukuoka is on the north shore of Kyushu Island and, according to weather experts, was initially the most threatened by the typhoon. The main impact is now expected to be closer to Tokyo. All games that are canceled because of wea
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