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Saturday 12 October, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, 11.45am (Irish time)
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Passing showers expected throughout the day, but gusts of winds as high as 48km/h are expected in Fukuoka, though the city will be spared the extremes suffered in other parts of Japan.
Amid talk of Super Typhoon Hagibis, cancelled games, potential legal wrangling and questionable playing surfaces, a rugby game may just break out in Fukuoka tomorrow.
There are many things out of Joe Schmidt’s control, such as the prospect that the cancellation of Scotland’s joust with Japan will guarantee a quarter-final date with champions New Zealand with just a point at the Hakatanomori Stadium
Assuming that the game does go ahead – Scotland have raised the prospect of legal action if authorities decide to call the game off as it would automatically end their interest in the competition – Ireland will be fixated on keeping up their end of the bargain by simply coming out the right side of this fixture for the seventh time in eight outings.
A bonus-point win will seal a place in the quarter-finals and while a win is likely to be enough, there is the possibility that failure to collect a bonus point could prove fatal.
That would leave Ireland on 15 points, a tally Japan and Scotland would match if the Japanese claim a losing bonus point and Gregor Townsend’s side seal a bonus-point victory.
Then head-to-head and points difference comes into play – here is a more detailed explainer – and that cou
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