October 7, 2019

Typhoon could ruin Ireland

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ZTN Sports Reporter

A TYPHOON could derail Ireland at the ongoing 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, but Ireland are keen to play Samoa and fight for their bonus point.

Rugby World Cup organisers warned on Monday of a powerful typhoon forming to the South of Japan.

The typhoon could bring fierce winds and torrential rain over the last weekend of the pool stages.

There are two World Cup fixtures on the Island at that time – a potentially critical pool A Ireland-Samoa clash in Fukuoka on October 12 and Wales-Uruguay in pool D in Kumamoto on October 13.

If a match during the pool phase has to be cancelled, it counts as a 0-0 draw. However, the venue can be moved in time.

On Monday Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell was quoted by The Guardian as saying World Rugby had been in touch.

 “The boys haven’t even spoken about it – we just go from day to day, get on with our preparations,” said Farrell. “World Rugby has been in touch with us and they are as keen as we are to get this game played.

“I believe there’s a contingency plan in place. We just get on with our day job and best prepare every single day and we’ll see what comes with that. The weather forecast changes all the time anyway. So we won’t probably know until 48 hours out from the game.”

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