Rugby boss eyes legal battle
TOKYO — Scottish rugby union leader Mark Dodson says he is ready to launch a legal challenge to prevent World cup organizers cancelling his country’s game against Japan on Sunday — a measure that would almost certainly eliminate the Scots.
a decision on the game in yokohama will be made on Sunday when officials assess the damage from typhoon Hagibis, which has already forced the cancellation of two games due to be played on Saturday. One of those — New Zealand vs. Italy — eliminated the Italians.
World rugby is adamant that the rules, which say cancelled pool games cannot be rescheduled, must be applied across the board.
Should the yokohama Pool a match be cancelled, Scotland and Japan would receive two points each, sending Japan through to the quarterfinals and almost certainly eliminating the Scots — with Ireland also advancing.
“We are asking for a 24-hour delay (to Monday) so the game can be played in perfect safety,” dodson said. “It’s a huge, pivotal game and our view is that it doesn’t sit right with us, it isn’t just.”
World rugby said: “It is disappointing that the Sru should make such comments at a time when we are doing everything we can to enable all Sunday’s matches to take place as scheduled, and when there is a real and significant threat to public safety owing to what is predicted to be one of the largest and most destructive typhoons to hit Japan since 1958.”