That will go well with Japan, which is high of Pool A on 14 factors, however consign third-placed Scotland to an early flight house. Eire, which takes on Samoa Saturday, is second on 11 factors with the highest two groups going via.
With hopes hanging by a thread, Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has pleaded with organizers to make sure the sport goes forward.
“I hope everybody concerned within the match desires the sport to be performed and can do their utmost for the sport to be performed,” Townsend informed reporters Thursday.
“I’ve seemed on the climate and Sunday night time is supposed to be good and calm.
“Now what could occur is infrastructure might not be in place, though the climate is good. Now we have received to consider, and place confidence in the organizers, that the sport will probably be performed, even whether it is behind closed doorways or performed at a distinct venue.”
Determined occasions for the Scots
Due to the upcoming hurricane, Saturday’s fixtures involving New Zealand and Italy in addition to England’s match towards France have already been known as off.
Italy’s destiny — and that of the three different groups whose video games had been canceled — had already been sealed so there are main repercussions.
However Italy’s captain Sergio Parisse criticized World Rugby after his match got here to a disappointing finish, saying: “If New Zealand wanted 4 or 5 factors towards us [the match] wouldn’t have been canceled.”
Townsend, nonetheless, refused to take a position when requested if he had any doubts the sport would go forward given the truth that host Japan would progress if not.
“No, you possibly can’t,” he mentioned. “It is a Rugby World Cup, the largest match we play in as soon as each 4 years, the third largest sporting occasion on the earth. Clearly, we’re concerned in a sport the place a winner can undergo, or a winner with a sure variety of factors may undergo and the loser not undergo.
“I am positive that has been within the minds of those that organized the fixtures in addition to the climate forecast for the following two or three days.”
However Townsend added: “It might make issues very uncommon for any World Cup in any sport to be determined by the sport being known as off on sooner or later.
“If we’re wanting exterior the lodge window on Sunday and it is sunny, it will be fairly unusual if a sport couldn’t be performed that day or the following day.
“If they’ve made the choice that the sport will nonetheless be performed in Yokohama, they have to be fairly sure that the sport will go forward.”
Too near name
Scotland has had much less time to arrange for the sport than Japan. The host was final in motion on October 5 in a 38-19 win over Samoa whereas Scotland routed Russia 61-Zero Wednesday.
“We all know it is a tight turnaround,” Townsend mentioned. “Japan have had a very good relaxation going into this sport, like they’ve for all their video games. Now we have all the time identified we might have a 3 day turnaround. The gamers have had a gathering as we speak. We may have one other assembly tonight. They’re firmly targeted on what we have to do to win this sport.”
With one eye on the coaching discipline and the opposite fastened on a climate app, Townsend faces his hardest project but as Scotland coach.
Up to now, a run out towards Japan would represent an virtually sure walk-over.