Japan's Rugby World Cup game against Scotland to go ahead

Japan's decisive game against Scotland at the Rugby World Cup will go ahead after safety inspections were carried out on Sunday morning NNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images

Japan's decisive Pool A match against Scotland at the Rugby World Cup will go ahead as planned at Yokohama Stadium on Sunday night.

Safety inspections were carried out first thing Sunday morning after Typhoon Hagibis roared across Japan throughout much of Saturday, hitting Yokohama and Tokyo with full its full force around 9pm [JST].

But after inspecting the venue World Rugby officials and safety experts were satisfied no significant damage had been done, allowing the match -- which will decide who advances to the knockout stage alongside Ireland -- to proceed.

"World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced that Sunday's Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at Yokohama International Stadium (19:45 JST) will go ahead as scheduled," a World Rugby media statement read.

"The decision was taken following a comprehensive assessment of the venue and associated infrastructure on Sunday morning in partnership with the Host City. World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee would like to thank everyone involved for their significant efforts to enable the match to be played as scheduled following one of largest and most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent years.

"Fans attending Sunday night's match are advised to check travel operator information before departing and plan to arrive early as it may take longer than usual to enter the stadium. Fans should also expect a significantly reduced level of spectator service in terms of catering and merchandise sales owing to limitations on venue staff availability as a result of the typhoon."

World Rugby had earlier announced the cancellation of Namibia's clash with Canada in Kamaishi, saying they were left with "no option" but to call off the Pool B encounter on safety grounds.

The United States-Tonga game in Hanazono and the Wales-Uruguay match in Kumamoto were however given the all clear to be played as planned.