Typhoon at Rugby World Cup 2019 LIVE: Scotland vs Japan inspection latest; England vs France OFF


Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup 2019.

Typhoon Hagibis – which has been described as the biggest of the year – has already seen two Pool matches (England vs France and New Zealand vs Canada ) called off over safety fears.

Today’s match between Ireland and Samoa is set to go ahead, but all four of Sunday’s matches will be reviewed on Sunday morning.

One of those sees Scotland rugby team face Japan and, should that one be called off, Scotland would (in all likelihood) be eliminated from the tournament…

Stay tuned to Standard Sport for all the latest…

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29 mins: It’s a long breather for Bundee Aki. That’s his evening over. It didn’t look good in real time, it looked worse on replay. Seunteni, who took the contact, is up and looks OK. 


29 mins: Bundee Aki leads with the shoulder. He could be taking a breather here…


Blink and you’ll miss it. Samoa respond just as Ireland were looking to put his game beyond them. Stander is the last line of defence but Lam’s momentum takes him through the No8 and over the line.



26 mins: TRY! Ireland 21-5 Samoa 




Ireland have had 86 per cent territory.


Only Sexton would cross the whitewash and then dither with ball in hand as he looks to make the conversion a little easier for himself. After a brief pause, he gives up in his quest for the posts and pops it down. His kick is good anyway: 21-zip.



21 mins: TRY! Ireland 21-0 Samoa 


They’re not hanging around here. 


The pitch is chewing up under the weight of the scrum in Fukuoka.


14 mins: Leiua looks to have intercepted it in the middle as he bolts for the whitewash but we’re coming back for a knock-on.


It’s Furlong this time who dances through Samoan shirts from 10 metres out. Impressive start from the Irish, who can only be certain of a spot in the last eight with a four-try victory.




10 mins: TRY! Ireland 14-0 Samoa 


Half way to the bonus point already. 



6 mins: Seilala Lam (Samoa)


6 mins: The TMO is involved again here. Seilala Lam goes in full force on Stockdale and his shoulder gives the Irishman a healthy smack on the chin. That’s not pretty.


Ireland catch the line out and drive for the line. Rory Best pins the ball down and Sexton kicks the extras, but not before a delay as the TMO weighs in to check CJ Stander’s role. It’s OK and the on-field decision stands.



4 mins: TRY! Ireland 7-0 Samoa 


3 mins: Mulipola is pinged for coming in at the side and Ireland win the first penalty. They kick for the corner…


1 mins: We’re under way in Fukuoka


Samoa perform the Siva Tau. Now we’re ready.


Ireland vs Samoa


Anyway, we’ve got some rugby to focus on for the time being.


Ireland need a bonus-point win to advance, anthems done, kick-off beckons…


Here’s how Pool A would finish if Japan vs Scotland is called off


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Sept 20 Japan 30-10 Russia Pool A, Tokyo Report
Sept 21 Australia 39-21 Fiji Pool D, Sapporo Report
Sept 21 France 23-21 Argentina Pool C, Tokyo Report
Sept 21 New Zealand 23-13 South Africa Pool B, Yokohama Report
Sept 22 Italy 47-22 Namibia Pool B, Osaka Report
Sept 22 Ireland 27-3 Scotland Pool A, Yokohama Report
Sept 22 England 35-3 Tonga Pool C, Sapporo Report
Sept 23 Wales 43-14 Georgia Pool D, Toyota City Report
Sept 24 Russia 9-34 Samoa Pool A, Kumagaya Report
Sept 25 Fiji 27-30 Uruguay Pool D, Kamaishi Report
Sept 26 Italy 48-7 Canada Pool B, Fukuoka Report
Sept 26 England 45-7 USA Pool C, Kobe Report
Sept 28 Argentina 28-12 Tonga Pool C, Higashiosaka Report
Sept 28 Japan 19-2 Ireland Pool A, Shizuoka Report
Sept 28 South Africa 53-7 Namibia Pool B, Toyota City Report
Sept 29 Georgia 33-7 Uruguay Pool D, Kumagaya Report
Sept 29 Australia 25-29 Wales Pool D, Tokyo Report
Sept 30 Scotland 34-0 Samoa Pool A, Kobe Report
Oct 2 France 33-9 USA Pool C, Fukuoka Report
Oct 2 New Zealand 63-0 Canada Pool B, Oita Report
Oct 3 Georgia 10-45 Fiji Pool D, Higashiosaka Report
Oct 3 Ireland 35-0 Russia Pool A, Kobe Report
Oct 4 South Africa 49-3 Italy Pool B, Shizuoka Report
Oct 5 Australia 45-10 Uruguay Pool D, Oita Report
Oct 5 England 39-10 Argentina Pool C, Tokyo Report
Oct 5 Japan 38-19 Samoa Pool A, Toyota City Report
Oct 6 New Zealand 71-9 Namibia Pool B, Tokyo Report
Oct 6 France 23-21 Tonga Pool C, Kumamoto Report
Oct 8 South Africa 66-7 Canada Pool B, Kobe Report
Oct 9 Argentina 47-17 USA Pool C, Kumagaya Report
Oct 9 Scotland 61-0 Russia Pool A, Shizuoka Report
Oct 9 Wales 29-17 Fiji Pool D, Oita Report
Oct 11 Australia 27-8 Georgia Pool D, Shizuoka Report
OFF New Zealand vs Italy OFF OFF
OFF England vs France OFF OFF
Oct 12 Ireland vs Samoa Pool A, Fukuoka 11.45am
Oct 13 Namibia vs Canada Pool B, Kamaishi 4.15am
Oct 13 USA vs Tonga Pool C, Higashiosaka 6.45am
Oct 13 Wales vs Uruguay Pool D, Kumamoto 9.15am
Oct 13 Japan vs Scotland Pool A, Yokohama 11.45am
Oct 19 Winner C v Runner Up D QF 1, Oita 8.15am
Oct 19 Winner B v Runner Up A QF 2, Tokyo 11.15am
Oct 20 Winner D v Runner Up C QF 3, Oita 8.15am
Oct 20 Winner A v Runner Up B QF 4, Tokyo 11.15am
Oct 26 Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2 SF 1, Yokohama 9am
Oct 27 Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4 SF 2, Yokohama 9am
Nov 1 Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2 Third place play-off, Tokyo 9am
Nov 2 Final Yokohama 9am

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