Gregor Townsend

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Scotland head coach  Gregor Townsend could see his side go out of the Rugby World Cup if their final game against Japan on Sunday is cancelled. Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Stop all the clocks. Turn off the deep-fat fryer, leave the Mars bars alone. Do not walk five hundred miles. It looks for all the world that Scotland(...)

Samoa perform the Siva Tau before their 38-19 defeat to Japan. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

The final fixtures of the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stages approach (well, those that have survived) – and Ireland’s fate is yet to be decided. Headi(...)

A television screen shows to the media, the potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis as World Rugby announced match cancellations at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

No matter what happens from here on in, the ramifications of this weekend’s cancellations will linger long into the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the tour(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin during a training session ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup match against Samoa. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland are set for a Rugby World Cup quarter-final meeting with the All Blacks if Scotland’s final pool game against Japan in Yokohama is cancelled d(...)

Darcy Graham is the only Scotland player to retain their place in the starting XV for their clash with Russia. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Gregor Townsend’s eyes turned to a likely quarter-final decider against Japan on Sunday with the selection of his Scotland team to play Russia in thei(...)

The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, where Ireland are scheduled to meet Samoa on Saturday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

World Rugby is monitoring a typhoon that could hit Japan on Saturday and stop Ireland’s World Cup campaign in its tracks. Typhoon Hagibis has formed (...)

Tim Nanai-Williams of Samoa receives treatment during the defeat to Japan. Photograph:  Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Samoa coach Steve Jackson pulled no punches when it came to the refereeing performance of Jaco Peyper following Japan’s 38-19 victory at Toyota City s(...)

Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima saw his side’s crucial fourth try against Samoa. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

The clock had gone red at the City of Toyota Stadium when Samoa - trailing 31-19 - were penalised in the shadow of their own posts. Should they (...)

Rob Kearney carries to score Ireland’s opening try during their victory over Russia. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

It was far from pretty, but it was a case of job just about done for Ireland on Thursday, as they beat Russia 35-0 in Kobe. Andrew Conway’s second-ha(...)

Scotland winger Sean Maitland  is tackled by  Samoa’s wing Ed Fidow leading to a penalty try and a second yellow card for Fidow during the Pool A clash at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Scotland 34 Samoa 0 Scotland huffed and puffed in the clammy heat of the Kobe Stadium to get the bonus point win they so badly needed, although they (...)

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