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Scotland respond to World Rugby's misconduct charges over Typhoon Hagibis comments

Scotland respond to World Rugby's misconduct charges over Typhoon Hagibis comments”

Scotland attempted to block a Rugby World Cup misconduct charge on Wednesday, questioning whether the action was "appropriate" following their comments about a deadly typhoon.

Dodson also said organisers would have taken action to ensure the match, which was vital to Scottish hopes of staying in the tournament, went ahead at some stage if it had involved world champions New Zealand.

Scotland players react following their 28-21 loss to Japan in their Rugby World Cup Pool A game.

Tournament director Alan Gilpin told reporters on Tuesday that "under our tournament rules, we are very careful that people behave appropriately".

Three other games were scrapped over the storm, Japan's biggest in decades, which struck on Saturday triggering landslides and widespread flooding.

On Tuesday, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper slammed Scotland's comments about the typhoon as "unhelpful and disappointing".

Scotland would not become "collateral damage" of the typhoon, said Dodson, adding that fans were "absolutely astounded at this rigidity from World Rugby". "We made the call based on what was in front of us". There is nothing exceptional about typhoons in this country.

"It gave us a lot of sadness and we would like to sincerely apologise for that", he said.

"Please understand, this was an exceptional event that was thrown at this tournament and the tournament has handled it brilliantly".

"We know they are remarkable, which is why we had a high degree of optimism that we could get this done".

And as the full extent of the devastation became clear, they also scrapped Namibia v Canada in Kamaishi, a town almost wiped off the map in the 2011 tsunami.

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'Safety is our number one consideration and with Typhoon Hagibis predicted to impact Kamaishi in the early hours of Sunday morning, we continue to be in close contact with the city and the local authorities regarding the viability of hosting the match on Sunday as scheduled'.

"In many ways, Japan's victory over Scotland was for a nation, not just rugby", he said.



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