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It's seemingly Scotland versus the rest in their battle against World Rugby

Japan’s game with Scotland last Sunday in Yokohama was undoubtedly one of the matches of the World Cup so far and one of the best moments when the final whistle blew. 

But the events that have surrounded the fixture have been far from pleasant. With Typhoon Hagibis looming, there were chances that the game would be cancelled which caused Scottish Rugby to threaten legal action against World Rugby as it would have deprived them of a chance of making the quarter-finals. 

In the wake of the contest, which Japan won 28-21 to eliminate the Scots, comments made by Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson have been referred to an independent disputes committee. 

Scotland have responded to this, releasing a statement that said: “Scottish Rugby is querying whether the matter is an appropriate one for the bringing of misconduct charges.”

This entire saga has caused a fervent reaction from the rugby world on social media, with many Scottish fans backing the SRU’s response and criticising World Rugby, particularly for their contingency plan ahead of the typhoon. 

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Many think this plan was simply to cancel the match, which is what happened to three other weekend fixtures at the RWC. This is what has been said:

However, Scottish fans may be on their own in this circumstance, as fans from elsewhere seem to be behind World Rugby. 

The death toll of Typhoon Hagibis is currently 74 and some rugby fans feel that Scotland did not cover themselves in glory in how they handled themselves in the build-up to the match. 

It would have been desperately unfortunate had they failed to make it out of the pool due to a game being cancelled, but regardless of the contingency plans, there were more pressing matters at hand. 

Of course, World Rugby have been criticised themselves after this whole episode, but in their battle with Scottish Rugby, they seem to have a lot of support as well. This is what has been said: 

Ultimately, this entire back and forth between the SRU and World Rugby was not necessary, as the Scots failed to win and their problems only look set to get worse. 

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It's seemingly Scotland versus the rest in their battle against World Rugby