The threat of Typhoon Hagibis forced Rugby World Cup organizers in Japan to cancel two pool games scheduled for Saturday, including the Pool B match between the defending champion All Blacks and Italy in Toyota.
Tournament regulations state that cancelled games are ruled a 0-0 draw, with two points going to each team, which condemned Italy to third place in Pool B.
Scotland need to beat the hosts in Yokohama on Sunday to have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
If all remaining Pool A games (Scotland v Japan in Yokohama and Ireland v Samoa in Fukuoka) are cancelled, as has been suggested, Ireland would be New Zealand's quarter-final opponent by virtue of progressing in second place.
The cancellation meant Italy can not finish better than third behind New Zealand and South Africa in Pool B, and England will top Pool C without having to play France, despite both teams being unbeaten.
Sunday's game is in doubt due to Super Typhoon Hagibis - which has already caused England against France and New Zealand versus Italy to be called off.
World Rugby stated: "The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of public, team, tournament personnel and volunteer safety, based on expert advice and detailed weather information".
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Formula One has vowed to keep the safety of fans and competitors at the top of its priorities as it monitors the potential disruption Typhoon Hagibis could have on the Japanese Grand Prix. They both play an exciting brand of rugby and the pressure is huge for both sides, so hopefully the game will go ahead.
"I'm finding it really hard and I saw the players' reaction after training and it was disgusting because these guys have given their lives to Italian rugby and their World Cup has ended on the training pitch, when it should be on the playing field", Italy coach Conor O'Shea said.
There are reports World Rugby could move that clash to Oita Stadium, which has a roof.
If that game were to be abandoned it would be a disaster for the Scots, who would be eliminated, while Japan go through as shock winners of Pool A with Ireland runners-up.
At times it felt like only a force of nature could stop New Zealand's streak of wins at the Rugby World Cup.
"The way that we make the most out of it is by turning up tomorrow and having a really good game. and hopefully building some momentum". "We have no regrets".
Organisers have touted "robust" contingency plans for every eventuality after deciding to hold the tournament in Japan, subject to around 20 typhoons per year as well as being one of the most seismically active regions on Earth. "But we won't treat that match, if it can't be played, any differently to the other matches".
He added that safety had to be the determining factor in these decisions.