Typhoon at Rugby World Cup LIVE: Scotland vs Japan in doubt; England vs France and New Zealand vs Canada OFF


Typhoon has been a distraction – Schmidt 

 

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has admitted that his players have been ‘distracted’ by the confusion over Typhoon Hagibis ahead of their final pool stage match, against Samoa.

A bonus point win for Ireland would see them book their spot in the last eight regardless of what happens in the match between Scotland and Japan, but if that match is abandoned Schmidt’s men could only finish second and would have to face New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

 

“There is a distraction; there was a lot of talk among the players post-training today when we found out about the cancellations,” said Schmidt.

“Because any time there’s something up in the air or something is unknown – especially when two games have already been abandoned – you get players are going to talk about that because it’s newsworthy and influential once games are being cancelled.

“But we’ve just got to make sure our game gets finished with the right result for us, and I’m sure Samoa are going to out to make that as difficult for us as possible.

“We’re not really having too many conversations with World Rugby; we had a few earlier in the week because at one stage the typhoon pattern was somewhat different from what it is now.

“But for us we just have to be business as usual. We can’t control what happens with the Japan-Scotland game, so on Saturday it’s up to us to get our business done as best we can.”
 

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Publish date : 2019-10-10 09:03:00

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