Rugby World Cup organizers said Wednesday they will hold a press briefing the following day regarding the anticipated impact of a powerful approaching typhoon.
The Japanese weather agency has warned that Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall on Japan's main island over the weekend, when the final pool-stage games are scheduled to be played and quarterfinal pairings determined.
Alan Gilpin, tournament director at World Rugby and Akira Shimazu, CEO of Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee, will meet the press at noon Thursday in Tokyo regarding this issue.
Hosts Japan are one of three teams competing for two quarterfinal spots from Pool A. Ireland, currently second in the pool, can qualify with a win over Samoa on Saturday. Japan, currently leading the pool, play third-place Scotland on Sunday in Yokohama, a game that could be affected by the typhoon.
Japan are seeking to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time, and a win over Scotland would see Japan finish top of the pool.