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Damaged cars are seen clustered together after typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 5, 2018

Rugby World Cup 2019: With threats of tropical storms in Japan causing abandonment of games what are the rules in place for the tournament?

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With Typhoon Faxai expected to strike with damaging winds, heavy rain and huge waves in Japan this evening and Monday local time it doesn’t bode well for Rugby World Cup preparations.

Wallabies are one of the teams to be effected by the typhoon ahead of tournament with Sydney Morning Herald reporting that their flight out of Sydney to Tokyo was cancelled this evening and will now fly out Monday midday local time. 

Eddie Jones side flew out on Sunday with England boss fully aware of the weather conditions and has put a contingency plan in place should his England squad be unable to train outdoor such as playing on ‘artificial turfs indoors’.

However, what happens should these weather disruptions impact the Rugby World Cup? Sportsmail inform you on the World Rugby tournament rules ahead of pool stage kick-off.

What happens should weather disrupt games being played?   

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Pool Stage

According to World Rugby tournament rules should a pool match have to be cancelled on the scheduled day it will not be rescheduled instead the result will be declared a draw with both teams being awarded two points each with no bonus points being awarded.

Which was further backed up by Rugby World Cup spokeperson  “Any pool match that cannot be played on the same day will be determined a draw with two match points each. However, we will be doing everything we can to ensure that the match is played in a safe environment for teams and fans.” according to the Guardian

This could have detrimental effect on teams such as Wales and Australia advancing to the knockout stages if there games against Urguay, Fiji or Georgia were forced to be draws.  

Damaged cars are seen clustered together after typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 5, 2018

Damaged cars are seen clustered together after typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 5, 2018

Knockout Stage 

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Should the weather cause issues in the knockout stages of the tournament then the match can be postponed if unable to be commenced.

In this scenario the match would be rescheduled to be played within two days of the following scheduled match day. This will also happen should a match have to be abandoned at any time during the first half of the game.

Should the match have to be abandoned in the second half at any time the score at the time of abandonment will be considered the result of the match.

If the result is a tie, then the winner is determined by the following sequential criteria by World Rugby’s tournament rules.  

  • The Team which scored most tries in that particular Match.
  • The Team with the most Match points from the pool phase.
  • The Team which in all its Tournament Matches has the best difference between points scored for and points scored against.
  • The Team which in all its Tournament Matches has the best difference between tries scored for and tries scored against.
  • The Team which in all its Tournament Matches has scored most points.
  • The Team which in all its Tournament Matches has scored most tries.
  • Where all criteria above are not able to determine a winner, the winner shall be the Team that is higher ranked in the official World
  • Rugby World Rankings at the time the Match is scheduled to be played (this criterion will not apply for the Final; in the case that the winner of the Final cannot be determined from the above criteria the two Teams shall be jointly declared winners).
Collapsed crane on the dock at the Amagasakinishinomiya Port, Japan after Typhoon Jebi on September 6, 2018

Collapsed crane on the dock at the Amagasakinishinomiya Port, Japan after Typhoon Jebi on September 6, 2018

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Collapsed crane on the dock at the Amagasakinishinomiya Port, Japan after Typhoon Jebi on September 6, 2018

Obviously this is all a worse case scenario with organisers prepared to have to relocate teams from their bases or different match venues should weather not permit.