World Cup injury problems get Biggar for Wales

World Cup injury problems get Biggar for Wales

Japan's extras mean Scotland could take maximum points from their final two Pool A clashes against Russian Federation - who they face on Wednesday - and Japan but still crash out if the hosts were to secure two losing bonus points of their own.

Russia, ranked 20th in the world, have suffered three defeats in their three pool games, going down to Japan (30-10), Samoa (34-9) and Ireland (35-0) to end any slim hopes they had of progressing to the last eight.

Scrumhalf George Horne intercepted a pass from opposite number Dmitry Perov for Scotland's third try.

Understandably the Scotland camp's focus was honed in on the Russian Federation match but The Scotsman understands that urgent calls were being made to World Rugby after Townsend completed his media duties.

Just as the half-time was approaching, U.S. finally got the breakthrough when a grubber kick from AJ MacGinty was capitalised by the winger Blaine Scully as he dived in the corner as the teams went into the break with a 19-5 scoreline.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning, Hagibis stretches for hundreds of miles away from its center and on Tuesday it had sustained wind speeds of 120 mph, with gusts of up to 170 mph. England and France are due to meet in the same stadium on Saturday. "You adapt to what you've got and Billy is a massive talisman for us in terms of carrying".

Georgia, 11th in the world rankings, beat Pool D minnows Uruguay 33-7, but that sole win has been sandwiched by defeats to Wales and Fiji. Mitchell says Vunipola will "definitely" be fit next week ahead of the quarterfinals.

It emerged on Wednesday that the initial contingency plan was to take the England-France fixture to Oita, in the southern island of Kyushu - where both teams will play quarter-finals next week.

Marler and Nowell were also hurt against the Pumas and England are unlikely to take any risks with their respective back and hamstring injuries.

The other assistant is still Federico Anselmi of Argentina, and the Television Match Officia remains Marius Jonker of South Africa.

- What games could it affect?

A massive typhoon could threaten to derail Ireland's chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup with World Rugby confirming that they are monitoring the situation. But stated that it is "too early" to determine if the Typhoon will impact any matches or training activities.

- Australia have won all 18 of their World Cup matches against non-tier one nations, their average margin of victory in those games a mammoth 46 points.

Wales beat Fiji 23-13 in a pool clash four years ago in the World Cup in England but their defence was often shredded by the fast Fijian backs.

Wales' Dan Biggar is assisted after he was injured against Fiji.

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