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Ireland still focused on Samoa as World Rugby take charge of typhoon contingency plans at Rugby World Cup, says Andy Farrell

Andy Farrell addresses the media in Fukuoka
Andy Farrell addresses the media in Fukuoka

By Cian Tracey in Japan

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has insisted that his players will not be distracted by the typhoon that is making its way towards southern Japan.

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If Typhoon Hagibis hits the country ahead of Ireland's final pool clash against Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday, it could have disastrous consequences.

While World Rugby may decide to move the game to another city, understands that if worst comes to worst, the game could be moved to Sunday in the hope that the storm will have passed by then.

It is believed that a decision like that would have to be made at least 48 hours before kick-off.

World Rugby are due to issue a further update later today, but as of now, the Ireland management are not concerned by the possibility of the Samoa game being cancelled, which would result in a 0-0 draw, and thus could put Ireland out of the tournament.

"The boys haven't even spoken about it really," Farrell said.

"We just go from day-to-day and get on with our preparations. World Rugby has been in touch with us and they're as keen as we are, as you are, to get this game played.

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"I believe there is a contingency plan in place but I think there's updates every 24 hours. We just get on with our day job and try to best prepare every single day. We'll see what comes of that.

"If you look at the weather forecast, it changes the whole time anyway so I think we probably won't know until 48 hours or so before."

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