SRU 'regrets' 'collateral damage' comments from before Japan clash

Scottish Rugby Union ‘regrets’ ‘collateral damage’ comments from before their pivotal World Cup clash with Japan having been fined £70,000

  • Mark Dodson feared typhoon would lead to Scotland vs Japan being cancelled
  • Match was a must-win for Scotland to have a chance of reaching quarter-finals
  • World Rugby said Dodson’s comments suggested unfair treatment of all teams  

The Scottish Rugby Union has ‘expressed its regret’ and will not challenge World Rugby over its formal reprimand in the wake of the Rugby World Cup, the governing body has announced.

The SRU was reprimanded following comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson during the World Cup, and has now made a £70,000 donation to the victims of Typhoon Hagibis.

Tensions rose during the recent tournament in Japan as Scotland’s pivotal group clash with the hosts was put under threat by the typhoon.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson claimed hat he did not want his side to be ‘collateral damage’ of the fall-out from Thyphoon Hagibis after their clash with Japan was put in doubt

But the match did eventually take place with Japan running out 28-21 winners in Yokohama

With Scotland needing to win the game to have a chance of progression, Dodson said at a press conference that he did not want his side to be ‘collateral damage’ of the fall-out of the typhoon.

The game in question did go ahead, and Scotland lost 28-21 to crash out of the tournament. But amid the uncertainty of whether or not the fixture would be played at the Yokohama Stadium, Dodson refused to rule out taking legal action in the event of a postponement.

In announcing the decision of an Independent Disputes Committee, World Rugby had said Dodson’s comments, ‘which suggested an unfair and disorganised treatment of all teams’, merited an official reprimand, a written apology and a £70,000 sanction.

The issue has now been resolved with the charity donation, and on Thursday World Rugby said in a statement: ‘World Rugby can confirm that the Scottish Rugby Union has expressed its regret and has confirmed it will not challenge World Rugby further on this matter.

‘The Scottish Rugby Union has agreed to pay a donation of £70,000 to World Rugby and the matter is now closed. There will be no further comment from either party.’

Typhoon Hagibis caused widespread devastation to Japan, and Scotland have opted to donate £70,000 towards the victims of the natural disaster


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