World Rugby is set to cancel several World Cup matches this weekend – including France vs England and Scotland vs Japan – according to Rugbyrama.
While there has been lots of talk of moving the games in Japan to closed-roof venues that won’t be affected by Typhoon Hagibis, it seems this won’t be logistically possible.
If the matches are cancelled, the teams will each receive two log points.
That would see England finish top of Pool C and France second.
If Ireland get a bonus-point win against Samoa in their last pool match, as expected, they will finish on 16 log points in Pool A.
If Japan’s last fixture is cancelled, they would also end up on 16 points but go top as they beat Ireland (the head-to-head result between the teams is the first tiebreaker followed by points difference). Scotland would have 12 points and fail to reach the quarter-finals.
If Japan do top Pool A, they will play the Springboks (runners-up in Pool B) in the fourth quarter-final on Sunday, 20 October.
World Rugby will make a final decision on the fate of the weekend’s matches on Thursday at noon, Tokyo time (05:00 SA time).