Typhoon threatens to knock Ireland out of Rugby World Cup

Japan supporters celebrate while the Ireland coaching team looks on pensively

Townsend, however, said his side, who are in third in Pool A on five points behind Japan (14) and Ireland (11) would not be anxious about other game's ramifications.

Under tournament rules, if a pool match is cancelled due to a typhoon - Japan has about 20 a year - then it is ruled a 0-0 draw.

The storm, which could soon be upgraded to super typhoon status, has formed in the South Pacific and is forecast by some to hit Japan's southern Kyushu island at the weekend where Ireland are due to take on Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday morning.

Fiji has played against Wales three times in the Rugby World Cup; 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Japan have publicly set themselves the target of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals - but privately the tournament hosts have far loftier goals.

"It remains too early to fully predict the movement and impact of the storm", said World Rugby in a statement, "however the latest modelling by our weather information experts indicates that it is now tracking north and east and will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Tokyo and surrounding areas on 12 October".

Fiji now sit in third place in Pool D with 7 points, Australia is in first place with 11 points and Wales is second with 9 points.

Wales' Sunday match against Uruguay, who the United Kingdom side are expected to beat with a bonus point, may be cancelled or moved due to the storm.

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Wales' game with Uruguay could also be in jeopardy the day after and while Warren Gatland's side would still qualify should they beat Fiji, they could see Australia go above them and top the pool.

Topping Pool D would likely allow the Wallabies to play France, rather than England, in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, the stakes are even higher.

If Scotland (5 points currently), can claim nine points (the equivalent of a win and a bonus point win) in their next two matches, Ireland (11 points) could be booted out of the World Cup if they split the points in their last pool match against Samoa on Saturday in Fukuoka City.

The players and coaches, however, are remaining resolute.

"I don't think it will be a factor for our game on Wednesday, but perhaps we will get the tail end of it in Tokyo on Sunday".

"We'll try to improve more and to create problems for Scotland's defence and put their attacks under pressure". It doesn't matter. It's fine. "We've coped with a lot more", he said. "That showed against Ireland, but we want to start from zero and take that same mindset into a big game against Scotland - the boys are believing in what we can do now".

"By all accounts things can change reasonably quickly, but we are playing here on Saturday against Samoa unless we're otherwise informed. Whatever it is, rain or shine, snow, it doesn't matter".

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