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Huge Typhoon Could Threaten Ireland’s Chances Of Reaching Quarter-Finals

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Japan supporters celebrate while the Ireland coaching team looks on pensively

When Wales play Fiji in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, there will be split loyalties at the Manaseitava home in Bridgend.

If a match is cancelled during the pool stages of the tournament, it is awarded as a 0-0 draw.

Were Ireland's game against Samoa to be cancelled and Scotland beats Russian Federation and Japan in its final two pool games - picking up a four-try bonus point in one of those games - then Ireland, the world's top-ranked team ahead of the tournament, would go out. "If we don't get a bonus-point win, it's all the more hard".

"We will try to do better as we improve with every game at this tournament", the full-back said.

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

"Wales are gonna win, part of me for Dom wants Fiji to come out on top, but my heart is Wales", says Emma, who adds that their son is "Fiji all the way".

It has escalated from a tropical storm into a super typhoon with wind speeds estimated at 160mph in one of the most dramatic intensifications of any tropical cyclone since records began. "I guess we'll just have to cross our fingers and buckle down and hopefully, common sense prevails and if it does disrupt things that good decisions are made".

For the United States, it means a sub-zero cold blast racing out of Canada and striking deep into the Midwest, Mr Jim Rouiller, chief meteorologist at the Energy Weather Group outside Philadelphia. This report seems to be a little bit more serious than other reports.

Earlier in the tournament Typhoon Mitag threatened France's clash with the US in Fukuoka, but the match went ahead without issue.

"We have not issued any warning yet as it is still far from the Japanese archipelago".

"While it is too early to determine the exact trajectory and impact, if any, of the typhoon, as per previous typhoon warnings, we have a robust contingency programme in place in the event adverse weather looks likely to impact fixtures".

"The latest modelling from our weather information experts and the Japan Meteorological Agency indicates that the typhoon is tracking in a north-westerly direction and could bring high winds and heavy rain to southern Japan on October 12 and 13".

World Rugby is monitoring the situation closely but would receive major backlash if a natural disaster, which is a regular occurrence in Japan, was to mar the final weekend of competition.

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