Rugby boss eyes le­gal bat­tle

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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.”

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