Hagibis, cancellation and shock at the top

End of the pool matches this Sunday with the Japan – Scotland meeting, a time threatened by Typhoon Hagibis, decisive for the qualification in the quarterfinals.

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VS'is today

  • Namibia – Canada, Kamaishi (5:15, Pool B)

The match was canceled by the International Federation because of typhoon Hagibis

  • United States – Tonga, Hanazono (7:45 am, Pool C)
The Tongans came close to the exploit against France Sunday, October 6. PETER CZIBORRA / REUTERS

The typhoon is expected to have disappeared from the Osaka area, where the match between the United States and Tonga is scheduled, predict the latest weather reports. It will be an opportunity for both teams to win a victory in the competition, they aimed a hypothetical feat against the "big" of the pool. To tell the truth, with England, France and Argentina in this "death group", the window of qualification was very narrow. But the Tonga, favorites of the match against the United States, have almost dropped the XV of France a week ago. It's a safe bet that they will want to finish the World Cup on a high note by returning the American Eagles to their scales.

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  • Wales – Uruguay, Kumamoto (10:15, Pool D)
Uruguayan scrum half Santiago Arata, for a last exploit against Wales, Sunday, October 13?
Uruguayan scrum half Santiago Arata, for a last exploit against Wales, Sunday, October 13? CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Match of the extremes in Kumamoto, on the South Island, spared by the typhoon Hagibis. The Welsh should, unless huge surprise, win against the Uruguayans a fourth success in as many games, and finish at the top of Pool D. The Teros will be able to leave the competition heads up. They had never won a single match in four World Cup appearances, they won a prestigious victory on September 25 against non-existent Fijians (30-27). The Leek XV will take heart, for its part, to show the French, his opponents in the quarterfinals if successful against Uruguay, his status as a favorite of the competition is not usurped.

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  • Japan – Scotland, Yokohama (12:45 pm, Pool A)
Michael Leitch and his teammates are close to achieving a resounding feat for Japanese rugby: a qualification for the quarter-finals of the World they organize.
Michael Leitch and his teammates are close to achieving a resounding feat for Japanese rugby: a qualification for the quarter-finals of the World they organize. WILLIAM WEST / AFP

It's THE end of group stage match that everyone is waiting for. Finally if it happens … Threatened by typhoon Hagibis, the match may be canceled, which would be equivalent to a 0-0 and a division of points, according to the rules of the International Federation World Rugby. This would not do the business of XV thistle, which has already raised the threat of recourse to the courts in case of cancellation. This meeting is indeed decisive, Scotland, 3e Group A with 10 points, is four lengths from the host country, first. An improved victory of the Scots and they will go in quarters. A canceled match and the Japanese will be qualified at the expense of XV thistle.

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It was yesterday

Irishman Josh van der Flier, who was beaten by Samoan Filo Paulo at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday (October 12th).
Irishman Josh van der Flier, who was beaten by Samoan Filo Paulo at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday (October 12th). GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Ireland did not miss its appointment with the quarters. Clover XV, worn by a Jonathan Sexton again in full possession of his means, earned his qualification thanks to his wide success on Samoa (47-5), Saturday, in the Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka. With this improved victory (seven tries scored, despite the red card of the Bundee Aki center at 29e minute for a dangerous veneer), the Irish take the lead in pool A. They will still have to wait for the clash of the group between Japan and Scotland – if, however, the match, threatened by Typhoon Hagibis, takes place Sunday – to know who from New Zealand or South Africa they will face in the quarterfinals.

It's heard

"We are confident that the match can be played as scheduled"

The International Rugby Federation is optimistic about the possibility of playing the Japan-Scotland match scheduled for Sunday at 12.45 pm, at the close of the World Cup pool matches. The organizers will take their decision Sunday morning after evaluating the possible damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis on the stadium of the suburbs of Tokyo (72 000 seats), located by the sea, and transport networks. "We will undertake a detailed inspection of the sites as soon as practically possible after the typhoon, and news will be published as soon as this process is completed in the morning.".

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It's seen

Sad news for Argentine rugby: Juan Figallo, aka Chipi for friends, decided to retire internationally. After 33 selections and 3 World Cups, including a beautiful 4e At the time of the edition 2015, the old pillar Montpelliérain of 31 years decided that it was time for him to pass the hand. No doubt he will continue to shine with the jersey Saracens he joined in 2014 and with which he won two European Cups.

Noted

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Despite the defeat, the Samoans will still be able to find comfort by saying that they scored one of four tests that Ireland has conceded in eight matches in the World Cup Pool, 2015 and 2019 editions combined. The XV Clover can, meanwhile, strut: it is the best performance in the field of the history of the World.

It's fair-play

Despite the (dangerous) stamp Aki inflicted on him, Samoan Seutini did not hesitate to hug the Irish center that had left him on the pitch. Sanctioned by a red card, Aki will miss the quarter-finals and maybe even more. "We will do everything we can, from our Samoan point of view, to make sure it's on the ground next week. Samoas coach Steve Jackson defended him.

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