World Cup officials urged to “explore every option” to ensure Scotland’s game can go ahead


Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion calling on Rugby World Cup organisers to ensure every option is explored to ensure Scotland’s final pool A game can go ahead despite the challenges presented by super typhoon Hagibis.

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion calling on Rugby World Cup organisers to ensure every option is explored to ensure Scotland’s final pool A game can go ahead despite the challenges presented by super typhoon Hagibis.

Liam McArthur commented:

“The safety of rugby fans, players and officials in Japan is the absolute priority but I would urge World Cup officials to explore all the available options to ensure this important game goes ahead.

“If the game has to take place without an audience, or at a different time or location, it’s still important it is played.

“Every nation that has sent a team over to Japan has put an incredible amount of effort into training and preparation over the last few years. It would be cruel and unsporting for Scotland not to be able to fight for its place in the next round.”

The text of the motion can be found below:

Motion S5M-19384: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10/10/2019
Scotland's Rugby World Cup
That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland team on its victories over Samoa and Russia in the Rugby World Cup in Japan; notes and commends the efforts being made by tournament organisers from a public safety perspective ahead of typhoon Hagibis making landfall in Japan; hopes that the Scotland rugby supporters in Japan, and their hosts, stay safe and encourages them to monitor the authorities' advice on weather and any disruption, and calls on the organisers to ensure that every option is explored to enable Scotland’s concluding Pool A match against Japan to go ahead and for Scotland’s bid to qualify for the quarter finals to be determined on the pitch.


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