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From Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI in Fukuoka
Ireland require a bonus-point win over Samoa in their final World Cup Pool A match in Fukuoka to guarantee themselves a quarter-finals spot.
The disturbance caused by Typhoon Hagibis and concerns over the Hakatanomori Stadium pitch has overshadowed the build-up to Saturdays game.
Sundays game between Pool A rivals Japan and Scotland is at doubt.
If Ireland neglect to procure five points from Samoa, their destiny will be decided by the result in Yokohama.
Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt includes after he missed the three Pool A matches because of a hamstring injury middle Robbie Henshaw for his first participation.
Henshaws addition is one of 11 changes in the uninspired 35-0 win over Russia with Bundee Aki, only Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Tadhg Beirne retained, although the latter switches from lock into the rear row.
Seven forwards changes come with the return of skipper Rory Best thatll be partnered by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong in the front row.
Schmidts likely aim would have been to break several of the frontline players in the Pool A game just for the shock defeat to split the script up.
Past 19, Japan ended in a defeat samoa odds of progressing to the knock-out stages.
Steve Jackson makes only two changes to his side with Logovii Mulipola and Teofilo Paulo, for their final game in Fukuoka.
Before allowing their opponents to dominate the match after the 30, in their last two games, against Scotland and Japan, Samoa have set in lively first half screens.
Hagibis, that is obviously to strike Yokohama and Tokyo, seemed to be heading towards Fukuoka this week ahead of its path shifted, letting the build-up to the Ireland v Samoa game to move as normal.
World Rugby can make a decision on whether or not Scotland v Japan will proceed on Sunday morning.
In the event of a cancelled match both sides will be awarded 2 points, which will guarantee that Japan finish as category winners.
Despite the doubt, Ireland number eight CJ Stander insisted that the squad have not been distracted by the weather concerns.
We all know that our sport is going ahead. We all can do is concentrate on this today, explained the South Africa-born spine .
You can not examine other things thats out of our control.
The question marks on the playing surface in Fukuoka, that was scrutinised by his team and Schmidt during Fridays captains conduct, have added yet another dimension into the build-up.
However, coaches and Irelands players have remained at pains to point out that even though many onlookers attention was elsewhere, their priorities have not changed.
We need to win our game, said scrum coach Greg Feek.
To participate with a World Cup is a honor and its really exciting to be a part of it.
You simply dont need those distractions for all people to forget about just how special the tournament is.
Ireland: Larmour; Earls, Henshaw Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy Furlong James Ryan; Stander, Beirne, Van der Flier.
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter OMahony, McGrath, Carbery, Conway.
Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua Fidow Polataivao; Mulipola Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Leaupepe; Vui J Lam.
Replacements: Niuia Lay Tyrell, Cowley, Pisi, Fonotia.
Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt:Weve only got to make sure our game gets completed with the right result for us.
We will need to get out and get a result. Its a scenario no one needed to have
Samoa trainer Steve Jackson:What better opportunity to complete the World Cup?
Recognizing that we are on a plane on Monday, going house, to have a scalp like this will be good.
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