Scotland-Japan World Cup game to go ahead

Scotland has been given a lifeline
Scotland has been given a lifeline
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As a big boost to Scotland's chances in the ongoing Rugby World Cup their Pool A encounter against Japan in Yokohama on Sunday has been given go-ahead by World Rugby.

The decision follows after the officials conducted an inspection at International Stadium Yokohama following the aftermath of Super Typhoon Hagibis that struck Tokyo overnight.

“The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the host city," read a statement from World Rugby.

"World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years.

“Fans attending Sunday night’s match are advised to check travel operator information before departing and plan to arrive early as it may take longer than usual to enter the stadium.

"Fans should also expect a significantly reduced level of spectator service in terms of catering and merchandise sales owing to limitations on venue staff availability as a result of the typhoon.”

With Ireland already booking a berth in the quarter-finals following their win over Samoa, the game has a high significance with Scotland needing a bonus-point win while a cancelled result would have ensured Japan progressing to the top eight.

The games between USA-Tonga and Wales-Uruguay will also continue as per the schedule as confirmed by World Rugby but the encounter between Canada and Namibia in Kamaishi has been called-off due to safety reasons.

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