Typhoon could scupper Ireland's World Cup hopes

Michael Leitch of Japan runs with the ball during the first half of a Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Ireland

Michael Leitch of Japan runs with the ball during the first half of a Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Ireland

The threat of Typhoon Hagibis continues to leave the weekend's World Cup matches in doubt, though World Rugby is closely monitoring weather patterns.

"We see this final pool game as both a challenge and an opportunity, it is important to finish the pool stage on a high note", said McKee.

Townsend, however, said his side, who are in third in Pool A on five points behind Japan (14) and Ireland (11) would not be anxious about other game's ramifications.

"While it is too early to determine the exact trajectory and impact if any, of the typhoon at this early stage. we have a robust contingency programme in place in the event adverse weather looks likely to impact fixtures", they said in a statement.

"Yeah definitely, they showed a lot of faith in me and I'm very grateful for it", Carbery admitted.

"It's their last game, they'll throw everything into this", said the ex-Scotland and British and Irish Lions fly-half.

Having lost both opening pool games against Australia and Uruguay, victory in their final clash against Wales would keep Fiji in contention for the quarter-finals, but they would need either the Welsh or the Wallabies to slip up in their final matches to go through. "They have this fighting spirit as the samurai had - it's a model we'd like to follow".

Japan secured a bonus point in Saturday's 38-19 win when they scored a stoppage-time try after Samoa were pulled up for a rarely-questioned crooked put-in by South African referee Jaco Peyper - a decision which left Townsend perplexed.

"Listen, we have to win our next two games to qualify".

"So it's going to be physical and we've got to be in the right place emotionally, but we've also got to have our smarts and game understanding to allow us to get through those periods when things don't go our way".

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"We get regular reports like everyone does".

Scotland's openside flanker Fraser Brown said there were "no two bigger games with what's on the line".

"I don't care about topping the World Cup points-scoring", he shrugged.

"You can't hide away from the fact that it's hard to play two Test matches in four days", said Brown.

"That is how we have prepared all week and how we're still preparing".

Meanwhile, Russia's Welsh coach Lyn Jones has made four changes from the team that battled well despite defeat by Ireland.

"If we execute our plan we can do wonderful things", said the Auckland-born utility back.

"I just kept my head down and when we came into camp the hard work started".

That could see Ireland eliminated depending on the result between Japan and Scotland on Sunday.

"It was the same for the week leading up to the Scotland game really and I think we dealt with the conditions well that week, so we're versatile like that". We just get on with our day job and try to best prepare every single day.

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