Rugby World Cup 2019 typhoon: Affected teams and pool standings explained

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has been plunged into chaos by the approach of Typhoon Hagibis ahead of the final round of pool fixtures.

With Tokyo set to cop the worst of the storm on Saturday 12 October, World Rugby has taken drastic action to cancel two group matches.

And more may yet follow, as competing nations sweat on their qualification hopes for the World Cup knockout stages. To check on the latest live scores and live pool standings at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, head over to our live score centre.

So which teams are affected by the Rugby World typhoon and how?

Scotland face the most anxious wait in the tightly-contested Pool A.

Gregor Townsend’s men are scheduled to play hosts Japan on Sunday at the International Stadium in Yokohama, with the winners almost certain to qualify alongside Ireland.

But World Cup officials will can only assess the situation once the typhoon has passed through the area on Saturday, leaving both nations with the most anxious of waits.

If the match becomes the third to be cancelled, Scotland will crash out of the World Cup.

Ireland’s final group game against Samoa is expected to go ahead as planned in Fukuoka on Saturday, with the south-west city well out of harm’s way.

Pool B and Pool C have both seen fixtures scheduled for Saturday cancelled.

Northern Hemisphere rivals England and France were set to go toe-to-toe for top spot in Group C, only for their game to be scrapped on Thursday.

That means Eddie Jones’ English go through to the quarter-finals as pool winners, with France in second.

Italy entertained slim hopes of progression from Pool B, needing to beat New Zealand’s All Blacks to sneak a last eight spot.

But their tussle has also bitten the dust, leaving South Africa’s Springboks safely through with the reigning world champions.

The cancellation of a fixture at the Rugby World Cup sees the game declared a 0-0 draw, with both sides awarded two points.

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