Rugby World Cup keeps eye on typhoon heading for Japan

The semi-final beckoned- Gordon Hamilton goes over in the corner in '91

The semi-final beckoned- Gordon Hamilton goes over in the corner in '91

The JMA's latest modelling represents a significant change from Monday's forecast, when the storm was expected to make landfall in Japan's far south-west.

Bonus-point wins against Samoa and Russian Federation have lifted the Scots to within four points of Pool A leaders Japan and one behind second-placed Ireland, who play Samoa in their final game in Fukuoka on Saturday.

England plays France in a Pool C decider in Yokohama on Saturday and Japan plays Scotland on Sunday, in a match that will determine whether the hosts qualify for their first quarter-final.

The Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at the Suzuka circuit, south-west of Osaka, meaning both qualifying and the race itself could be impacted.

Scotland scored nine tries and had two more disallowed for forward passes.

"It now is about 200 miles west of the Northern Mariana Islands".

"As of Wednesday morning, it was located around 900 miles south of Tokyo with estimated wind speeds of around 120mph and gusts of 170mph".

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"It's continuing to head
northwards towards mainland Japan".

"We started very slow. They were playing from the heart today and for their own pride", said coach Mario Ledesma.

When we got to the quarter-final, we were so confident that we were going to beat you guys that we just went out there and played a bit of arrogance and a couple of great performances in individuals.

The main islands of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu - which includes Tokyo - are in the firing line, according to the official JTWC forecast, with the storm expected to hit by Saturday.

"Public and team safety is our priority".

Ireland assistant coach, Andy Farrell, says World Rugby have a contingency plan in place.

World Rugby released a statement on Tuesday, saying they are monitoring the situation.

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Russian Federation is done at this Rugby World Cup and is 0-8 at Rugby World Cups, as is captain Vasily Artemyev, who has started every one of those losses.

Russia, ranked 20th in the world, have suffered three defeats in their three pool games, going down to Japan (30-10), Samoa (34-9) and Ireland (35-0) to end any slim hopes they had of progressing to the last eight. We've definitely got awareness of the permutations, but we feel that whatever decision is made, we'll adapt to anything. "It was a call I've not seen for a long time in the game".

"One thing I have learnt in Japan is that they prepare for the worst and then usually it doesn't eventuate".

The Saracens wing has missed the Scots' last two training sessions with a tight groin.

"We appreciate how hard a victory would be, but Scottish people are not different from everybody else", Jones said.

There was a mounting sense of chaos and confusion on Wednesday night in Japan as teams, supporters and media were left in the dark about what will happen this weekend.

"It means that he's not in consideration for Sunday and he'll have to go through the protocols".

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