The director retreated deeper into his bunker, and hoped against hope the storm would pass. Forget about the destructive powers of Typhoon Hagibis: the ill wind that preceded it left everyone in World Rugby scrambling for the crisis-management manual.
The Italians were angry, the Scots angrier. Even the Japanese, potential benefactors of this rules-must-be-obeyed policy, had gripes. And all the while, Alan Gilpin, the tournament director, stood by his claim that World Rugby had “a...
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