The Scottish Rugby Union have been fined £70,000 over comments made over the potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Scotland’s World Cup match against Japan.
Scotland’s match with host nation Japan was in doubt due to the tropical storm which would go on to claim the lives of 88 people.
With Scotland needing to win to have a chance of progression, they were eventually beaten 28-21 and crashed out.
RWC2019 | @Scotlandteam received the Independent Disputes Committee ruling from World Rugby this morning. We will now reflect on this outcome and further consider all our options, which may include arbitration.— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) November 7, 2019
In announcing the decision of an Independent Disputes Committee, World Rugby 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 fine.
The fine will be donated to the Childfund Pass it Back programme on World Rugby’s instruction, assisting with the ongoing relief effort in areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis.