Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist have hit out at England coach Eddie Jones after he hinted that Scotland can only blame themselves if they are knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by Super Typhoon Hagibis.
Scotland will miss out on the quarter-finals if their win-or-bust clash with Japan on Sunday is called off due to the approaching storm.
England’s game with France has already been cancelled, as has New Zealand vs Italy, meaning Jones’ men progress to the last eight as Pool C winners.
“We had an idea it could happen and therefore you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position in case that happened,” Jones said.
“That’s why we’re not concerned at all about the comings and goings of it, we think it’s the right decision.”
But Sports Breakfast hosts McCoist and Brazil – two proud Scots men – were having none of it.
They argued that Jones would change his tune if England were in the position of Scotland, who lost to Ireland in their group opener.
“Oh it’s a great World Cup, Eddie!” McCoist joked. “Magic! Carry on!
“Eddie Jones is completely and utterly out of order.
“If England were in Scotland’s shoes right now, and Ireland had beaten England – which they have done on numerous occasions in recent years – and it was England playing against Japan, do you think Eddie Jones would be giving it the same story?
“I rest my case!”
A decision on whether the match goes ahead will be made on the morning of the game.
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Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby Union chief Mark Dodson told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the showdown should either be moved to an alternative venue or delayed until after the storm passes.
He said: “We’ve had legal opinion – from a leading QC – that challenges World Rugby’s interpretation.
“We don’t know that (it’s too late) – we have to challenge it. But we should be talking about this from a rugby perspective, this is about the game and the rugby supporters across the world are absolutely astounded at this rigidity from World Rugby.
“The common sense approach to this is to play the game 24 hours later on perfect safety where we can make sure that the pool stages are completed, and the sporting integrity of the tournament remains intact.”