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Legal action: Mark Dodson
Legal action: Mark Dodson

By Andy Newport

Scotland are questioning whether World Rugby has the right to charge them over their World Cup typhoon row.

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Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson sparked an angry response from the governing body last week over his comments ahead of Sunday's storm-threatened pool clash with Japan in Yokohama.

He hinted at legal action if the match was called off after revealing he had sought the advice of a top London QC in a bid to force World Rugby to postpone the clash as Typhoon Hagibis closed in.

But that did not go down well with the tournament organisers, who have now confirmed they will convene a hearing of their independent disputes committee to decide whether the SRU's "comments and behaviours" are a breach of rules.

An SRU spokesperson said yesterday: "Scottish Rugby once again expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Japan and all those affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

"Following receipt of correspondence yesterday from World Rugby, Scottish Rugby confirms that it has received a notice of complaint from Rugby World Cup Ltd.

"Scottish Rugby is querying whether the matter is an appropriate one for the bringing of misconduct charges."

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