The Latest: Barnes replaces Raynal as Scotland-Russia ref

Referee Wayne Barnes gestures to the players during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa between South Africa and Italy, in Shizuoka, Japan, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Wales players sprint during a training session ahead of their Pool A Rugby World Cup game against Fiji at Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — The Latest on Day 20 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Mathieu Raynal of France is ill and has withdrawn from refereeing the Pool A match between Scotland and Russia in Shizuoka. He has been replaced by Wayne Barnes of England.

Barnes' place as assistant referee will be filled by Alex Ruiz of France.

The other assistant is still Federico Anselmi of Argentina, and the Television Match Officia remains Marius Jonker of South Africa.

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8:25 a.m.

Three matches are scheduled Wednesday at the Rugby World Cup on the 20th day of the tournament that is moving towards the end of pool play. Organizers, however, are concerned about a typhoon that could affect matches on the weekend.

Typhoon Hagibis could hit Japan on Saturday, when three matches are scheduled. Four more are set for Sunday, the final day of the preliminary round.

"We are currently monitoring the development of a typhoon off the south coast of Japan in partnership with our weather information experts," World Rugby said in a statement. "It is still too early to determine what, if any, impact there will be on match or training activities."

On Saturday, New Zealand plays Italy, England takes on France and Ireland plays Samoa at Fukuoka, which is situated on the north shore of Kyushu Island and appears to be the match most threatened by the typhoon.

Clear and sunny skies are expected at all three venues on Wednesday, when Argentina plays the United States at Kumagaya near Tokyo, Scotland takes on Russia at Shizuoka and Wales plays Fiji at Oita.

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