World Rugby drops case against Scotland after union 'expressed regret' for actions during Typhoon Hagibis

The Scottish Rugby Union “has expressed its regret” to World Rugby for misconduct before its World Cup pool game against Japan last month.

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Against the odds, hsots Japan finished undefeated and atop of Pool A with their 28-21 win over Scotland. Source: Spark Sport RWC

World Rugby’s brief statement this morning added the SRU will not challenge rugby’s governing body any further on the issue, and agreed to donate its fine of 70,000 pounds ($140,000).

SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson during a RWC press conference. Source: Getty

“The matter is now closed,” World Rugby said without elaborating whether Scotland apologised, as demanded.

The SRU was issued a formal reprimand, the fine, and ordered last week to apologize for what World Rugby considered “inappropriate and ill-judged” comments before the quarterfinal and the landfall of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan.

The winner of the Japan-Scotland pool game on October 13 in Yokohama was guaranteed the last quarterfinal berth, but the match was at risk of being cancelled, like three others in the area, because the typhoon was the strongest in 60 years to approach Japan.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson threatened legal action if the match was scrapped rather than postponed.

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The Japanese winger showed his relentless speed in the historic 28-21 win over Scotland. Source: Spark Sport RWC

Dodson also criticised tournament organisers and World Rugby for not having contingency plans and for sticking to the regulation that a game be cancelled if it can't be played on the scheduled day.

The typhoon killed more than 80 people but the match went ahead on schedule. Japan beat Scotland 28-21.