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Ireland Rugby Union Team, Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt insists Ireland must stay focused despite Typhoon Hagibis chaos

Joe Schmidt insists Ireland must stay focused despite Typhoon Hagibis chaos at Rugby World Cup

10/10/2019 11:40:00

Joe Schmidt insists Ireland must stay focused despite Typhoon Hagibis chaos at Rugby World Cup

A decision on whether the other final game in Pool A goes ahead between Japan and Scotland won't be made until Sunday morning

Ireland's clash with Samoa will go ahead as planned in Fukuoka on Saturday.But a decision on whether the other final game in Pool A goes ahead between Japan and Scotland won't be made until Sunday morning.World Cup organisers will wait until the morning of the hosts' game, which is scheduled for Yokohama, to make a decision on whether to play the game as planned, to play it behind closed doors if there is a public transport shutdown in the Tokyo region, or to reschedule for Monday.

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Under the rules the game it could cancelled, and if that is the decision made then Ireland cannot top the group - even if they secure a bonus point win over Samoa, which would leave Ireland on 16 points.Japan are currently on 14 points and if their game is cancelled it will be confirmed as a 0-0 draw with both the hosts and Scotland taking two points each.

Japan would top the group on 16 points because of their head to head record with Ireland, while Scotland will exit the tournament having not had the chance to beat the hosts."We're not really have too many conversations with World Rugby," said Ireland head coach Schmidt in Fukuoka this afternoon.

"We had a few early in the week because the path of the typhoon was somewhat different to what it is now."For us, it's business as usual. We can't control what happens in the Japan and Scotland game, we just have to get on with it as normal.

"There was a lot of talk among the players post training after we found, because every time something is up in the air - especially after two games have already been abandoned, players are going to talk about it because it's influential once games are finished this weekend.

"We just have to make sure we get the right result for us."It's just staying on task as much as we can, we will get down to the Captain's Run tomorrow we will hopefully be on task.The games between England v France and New Zealand v Italy were cancelled by World Rugby earlier today due to the fact that the typhoon, which is potentially the worst of the season, is on course to hit Tokyo and the city of Toyota on Saturday.

England, France and New Zealand are already through to the quarter-finals and it gives all three big guns more time to prepare for the knock-out stages - and avoid the threat of injury in final pool games over the coming days."I think it would be more frustrating for the English, French, Italians and New Zealanders for the minute," said skipper Rory Best.

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"For us, it's easier - go out and play out game and assume the game goes ahead on Sunday. If it doesn't, we will cross that bridge when we come to it."But it's incredibly frustrating for players to not have the chance to play their last game at the World Cup."

And Schmidt added: "It's not something I can control. I know what we have to do, and that's get out and get a result."It's a situation nobody wanted to have and I know there are a couple of teams very disappointed that their games have been abandoned.

"There are going to be supporters disappointed, certainly players, some playing in their last World Cup, where it's no better occasion than playing the best players in the world and from that's perspective it's disappointing".How to follow the Irish Mirror on social media You can like our main Facebook page here.

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