IRFU call on journalist to withdraw "scurrilous and untrue allegation"

IRFU call on journalist to withdraw

The Irish Rugby Football Union has hit back at a statement made by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones.

As Typhoon Hagibis continues to cause havoc at the Rugby World Cup, Jones had written that the IRFU was "vehemently opposed" to the Scotland vs Japan game being rearranged.

Though the game was under threat of cancellation, it is now set to proceed at 11.45 this morning. Had the game been cancelled, it would have confirmed Ireland's place at the top of Pool A.

Such an outcome would also have seen Scotland knocked out of the tournament.

The IRFU has issued a public statement refuting the allegation. It reads: "The statement by Stephen Jones in today’s edition of The Sunday Times (October 13, 2019) referring to The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) being ‘vehemently opposed’ to any rearrangement of the Scotland v Japan Rugby World Cup fixture is completely false and the inference within the article that The IRFU made representations to World Rugby on the matter is totally without foundation."

The organisation also called for Jones to "immediately withdraw this scurrilous and untrue allegation."

While Ireland secured qualification to the quarter-finals with yesterday's win over Samoa, a cancellation in Scotland's game today would have ensured that Ireland faced the runner-up of Pool B.