Scottish Rugby gets big fine for legal-action threats

Scottish Rugby has been fined ?70,000 (R1.3-million) over comments it made regarding the possible cancellation of its team's World Cup pool match against Japan. If the game in Yokohama had been called off due to Typhoon Hagibis and declared a 0-0 draw, Scotland would have been knocked out of the tournament. Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson said Scotland would not become 'collateral damage' of the typhoon. He accused World Rugby of 'rigidity' and said his union was considering legal action if the game did not go ahead. The fixture did end up being played, with Scotland losing 28-21 to Japan, who qualified for the quarter-finals at their expense. A statement from World Rugby on Thursday said an independent disputes committee had found comments made by the SRU constituted misconduct. The ?70,000 fine will be donated to the Childfund Pass it Back programme on World Rugby's instruction, assisting with the ongoing relief effort in areas affected by the typhoon. Scottish Rugby tweeted: 'We will now reflect on this outcome and further consider all our options, which may include arbitration.'