Scotland fined and told to say sorry for remarks
World Rugby has formally reprimanded Scottish Rugby for comments relating to the possible cancellation of Scotland's World Cup pool match against Japan.
Scottish Rugby was found guilty on two charges of misconduct and has been fined £70,000 (€81,000), and been told to "issue in writing a meaningful apology to World Rugby… for its misconduct in terms approved by the (disciplinary) committee".
Rugby's governing body issued two charges of bringing the game into disrepute, charges which were based on comments made by Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson and SRU legal counsel Nick de Marco QC at a stage when cancellation of Scotland's clash with Japan game on Sunday, October 13 was possible, even probable, as a result of the arrival in Japan of Typhoon Hagibis.
The SRU have since said they will "reflect on this outcome and further consider all our options, which may include arbitration".
Meanwhile, former England hooker Dylan Hartley is retiring from professional rugby union with immediate effect. The 33-year-old Northampton man has failed in his bid to recover from a knee injury, prompting the decision.