Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan v Scotland cleared to play by officials

Japan's highly anticipated Rugby World Cup match against Scotland will go ahead, with World Rugby officials deeming it safe to proceed.

The Pool A finale was under threat from Typhoon Hagibis, with a switch of dates already ruled out.

But the typhoon has blown over, and with an inspection of Yokohama Stadium complete, World Rugby has cleared it to be played, as planned, at 11:45pm (NZ time).

Fans have been advised to check transport arrangements before leaving home and plan to arrive early, because entry to the stadium will take longer than usual.

Organiers will operate "significantly reduced" spectator services - including catering and merchandise sales - due to limited venue staff availability.

Fans will be allowed to bring non-alcoholic beverage and food into the venue for personal consumption. 

Scottish Rugby had threatened to take legal action, if World Rugby cancelled the fixture, but is now understandably relieved with the decision to proceed.

"We are pleased our game v Japan is going ahead this evening," said a spokesperson. "It has obviously been an incredibly difficult night across large areas of Japan and Typhoon Hagibis certainly made its presence felt in Yokohama, where the team is staying.

"We pass on our best wishes to everyone affected by the strom and our friends in Japan, who continue to be great hosts."

Scotland must earn four more points than the host nation to progress to the quarter-finals. If they achieve that, they'll face the All Blacks in the quarter-finals.

But if Japan win or collect two bonus points, the All Blacks will face Ireland in the final eight.

While Namibia v Canada has been cancelled, the rest of the three Sunday fixtures will all be played.

Join us at 11:45pm Sunday for live updates of the Japan v Scotland Rugby World Cup clash