Scottish Rugby are taking time to digest the £70,000 fine and an order to apologise from World Rugby for the dispute arising from the threat of cancellation of their final pool game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but appear in little mood to compromise.
That World Rugby found a way to fine and sanction Scottish Rugby – really, chief executive Mark Dodson, as he was the one making the statements in Yokohama a month ago – should surprise no-one.
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has hailed Japan 2019 as “probably the greatest” Rugby World Cup in history.
England have been fined for advancing beyond the half-way line when confronting the Haka before Saturday’s stunning 19-7 World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand.
World Rugby is investigating the circumstances around a photo of referee Jaco Peyper in which he appears to mock the elbow to the head that earned France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card against Wales.
Scotland could face punishment for their “comments and behaviours” after hinting at legal action when their World Cup match against Japan was under threat of cancellation.
Joe Schmidt has admitted he would be “pretty disappointed” if Bundee Aki’s red card against Samoa rules him out of the rest of the World Cup.
World Rugby says it aims to make a decision on whether Scotland’s storm-threatened clash with Japan on Sunday can go ahead as early as possible.
The classy thing for World Rugby to do after Mark Dodson called them out for their intransigence and downright incompetence in Yokohama yesterday would have been to keep their mouths shut, and just made the SRU CEO’s words hang uselessly on the winds of Typhoon Hagibis.
A war of words has broken out between World Rugby and the Scottish Rugby Union after Murrayfield chief executive Mark Dodson urged the global governing body to see sense and push their win-or-bust showdown with Japan out of Super Typhoon Hagibis’ path of destruction.