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The Permutations Surrounding Typhoon Hagibis

There have been plenty of reports throughout the Rugby World Cup about games being cancelled or being under threat due to adverse weather but Typhoon Hagibis could have the biggest implications this weekend

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Ireland could face elimination due to Typhoon Hagibis this Saturday when they are supposed to face Samoa in their final Pool A match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In what seems a crazy turn of events, Ireland, the team that were expected to cruise through the group stages could potentially have their destiny taken out of their own hands. 

The typhoon, which has formed in the Western Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan, is expected to hit the island of Kyushu this weekend, the destination where Ireland play their game. 

Hopefully the weather will play no part in any event and Irish assistant coach Andy Farrell has already down-played ideas of the game being cancelled, stating World Rugby have already been in contact with regards the clash. 

“The boys haven’t even spoken about it – we just go from day to day, get on with our preparations. World Rugby has been in touch with us and they are as keen as we are to get this game played. I believe there’s a contingency plan in place. We just get on with our day job and best prepare every single day and we’ll see what comes with that. The weather forecast changes all the time anyway. So we won’t probably know until 48 hours out from the game,” he said. 

However, if it were to hit the typhoon could have serious consequences on the pool and who progresses. 

At this moment in time Japan sit top of Pool A on 14 points, Ireland are second on 11 and Scotland are third on five, with a game in hand on the two leading nations. 

Scotland are expected to take home a bonus-point victory against Russia on Wednesday which would leave them on 10 points heading into the final weekend of pool fixtures. 

Although Farrell has suggested that the game could be moved or that it may be rescheduled, there is a risk of it not going ahead at all. If the game is cancelled then it is automatically registered as a scoreless draw. 

The same applies if the game is called off during the first half of the match, either way those scenarios would leave both teams receiving two points. That would put Ireland on 13 points and within reach of Scotland, who would only have the pressure of beating Japan to reach the last eight, with Ireland being relegated to third in the standings. 

That is the worst case imaginable for Irish fans.

On another note if the game takes place, but is called off at some stage of the second-half, than whatever the score is at that time will be used as the result of the match, which could be beneficial to either side depending on how the game plans out. 

Any form of cancelation before the second-half of the game being played, and if Scotland secure a bonus-point win over Russia, then the Scots would simply have to beat the hosts to go second in the group on Sunday, and if they claimed a bonus-point victory they could even end the pool stage as the winners of the group. 

The rugby community will be hoping that the game will just go ahead and that the rugby itself will decide who makes it and who doesn’t. 

However, this is not the first game to be threatened by bad weather, with last week’s fixture between France and the US being under threat of by typhoon Mitag. 

Scotland will be licking their lips at the prospect of having everything in their control, but for Ireland deserve a chance to make it three wins from four games on Saturday. We will have to wait and see what happens in a situation that could cause chaos in Japan. 

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Official. Eddie Jones signs new England Deal.

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England men’s head coach Eddie Jones and the RFU have agreed a contract extension which will see him continue his role until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
 
Jones joined England Rugby at the end of 2015 and has coached the men’s national side on 54 occasions winning 42, drawing one and losing 11 – giving him a win ratio of 78%, the highest in the history of England coaches.
 
Under Jones, England has won two Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2016, a 3-0 away Test series win against Australia in the same year, an unbeaten run of 18 matches equalling New Zealand’s record and were finalists at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. 
 
Jones said: “The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment, it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing.  We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together. I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years but the circumstances are right. Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that.
 
“I am excited about raising the standards again. We have a great team. We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes. Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it. We have players with an enhanced reputation, we have a team that is expected to do well, so it’s a great opportunity for us to keep moving forward.”
 
Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO said: “My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community. In exceptionally difficult times, we are pleased to be sharing some good news.  We are delighted that Eddie will continue as head coach to run England’s campaign to take us to the 2023 Rugby World Cup. His record since joining speaks for itself and he has proven why he is one of the best coaches in world rugby. The progress shown by England since 2015 has been indisputable and having fielded the youngest-ever team to play in a World Cup final, we know even more growth is possible. We are all excited by what this squad can do and having Eddie leading the team is very important to us. 
 
“We reached an understanding soon after returning from Japan but there were some things that we wanted to make sure worked for both sides. We have announced Eddie’s contract extension a few weeks later than planned as our focus was diverted to support the English rugby community during this difficult time, we are now turning our attention to developing plans to support the rebooting of rugby and a winning England team will provide a vital role in that.”
 
Ahead of the Guinness Six Nations Jones confirmed Simon Amor and Matt Proudfoot would join Steve Borthwick and John Mitchell as his assistant coaches. Jason Ryles will join later in the year as skills coach following Borthwick’s departure towards the end of the season.

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Ireland Climb in Latest World Rankings

Ireland have had the biggest boost in the latest World Rugby Rankings ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw later this year

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Ireland have leapfrogged Wales in the latest World Rugby Rankings of the the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw in November of this year.

The boys in green have taken over the No 4 spot in the rankings following their 24-14 win over Wales in the Six Nations over the weekend, with their opponents dropping down to fifth. 

It is a major boost for the Irish and gives them something to hold on to heading into the rest of this year’s fixtures as they are now currently in the top seeds ahead of the draw for the pool stages of France 2023. 

World Rugby announced recently that they will hold the draw later this year meaning that teams will have less time to climb the rankings than last time around when they had 18 months between the previous World Cup and the draw for the next one. 

A total of twelve teams will head into the draw as seeds in three brackets with the top four in the rankings being first seeds, meaning as of now Wales would be second seeds along with France, Australia and Japan. 

While Scotland, Argentina, Italy and Fiji are in the third bracket, with the remainder of the teams to be decided through different qualifiers over the next three years. 

Elsewhere in the rankings Georgia have moved up ahead of Italy, following the former’s latest two defeats in the Six Nations, while the biggest risers have been Portugal, who have moved from 22nd to 20th, but Russia have dived from 20th to 25th. 

Ireland will be hoping to continue their perfect start to the Six Nations campaign when they take on the third-ranked team England away from home, whom they may look to overtake in the rankings before the draw. 

It is certainly heating up between the Six Nations teams as they try to be the best-placed behind South Africa and New Zealand, who take the first and second spots, but won’t play until the summer.

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World Rugby Confirm Timing of 2023 RWC Draw

World Rugby have confirmed when they will be hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw and it has put pressure on teams to get positive results this year

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World Rugby has announced that it will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw in November of this year.

The tournament will take place in France with the draw being held in Paris following the November internationals. 

That means that teams only have between now and then to better their current rankings and move into a different drawing band, whereas for the previous draw they had 18 months to improve. 

Speaking on the announcement World Rugby chief Bill Beaumont is excited to discover the fate of the teams and has put the pressure on teams to do well this year. 

“The pool draw is an important milestone on the road to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France as it really drives excitement and momentum both in the host nation and throughout the global rugby family – it is the moment teams and fans can start to plan. With the World Rugby rankings determining the bands for the RWC 2023 pool draw, it promises to be a fascinating year of men’s international rugby with every match counting towards seeding at the end of the November Test series,” he said. 

Twelve of the 20 participating teams from last year’s World Cup in Japan have automatically qualified, with the other eight to be decided in the qualifiers that will begin later this year. 

However, the twelve teams that are already involved will have to be at their best to move up a band in the current rankings or fear dropping down in which case they could get a harder draw. 

As of this moment the first band contains the World Cup semi-finalists from last year in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Wales, with the remaining quarter-finalists making up band two in Ireland, Australia, Japan and France. 

While in band three Scotland and Argentina are joined by Italy and Fiji. 

It will be a tough task for teams to improve their current standings with the Six Nations teams only having one edition of the tournament to improve compared to the two editions they had last time around, but it does add some extra competition to this year’s fixtures.

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