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By Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI in Fukuoka
Ireland require a bonus-point win over Samoa in their final World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka to guarantee themselves a quarter-finals place.
The disruption has overshadowed the build-up on Saturdays game.
Sundays match between Pool A competitions Scotland and Japan is in doubt that is major.
If Ireland fail to secure five points from Samoa, their destiny will be decided by the result in Yokohama.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt includes later he missed the opening three Pool A games due to a hamstring injury, middle Robbie Henshaw because of his first participation in the World Cup.
Henshaws addition is one of 11 changes from the win over Russia with Keith Earls, Bundee Aki, just Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Beirne kept, even though the latter switches from lock to the back row.
Changes include the return of skipper Rory Greatest who will be partnered by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong in the front row.
Schmidts probably plan would have been to rest a few of the frontline players at the final Pool A game for the shock defeat to rip up the script.
Japan ended in a defeat samoas slim odds of progressing to the phases last Saturday.
Steve Jackson makes only two changes with Logovii Mulipola and Teofilo Paulo coming into the bunch, for his final match in Fukuoka.
Against Japan and Scotland, Samoa have put in lively first half displays.
Hagibis, that is on course to strike Tokyo and Yokohama, seemed to be heading towards Fukuoka earlier this week until its path shifted, letting the build-up into the Ireland v Samoa match to proceed as normal.
World Rugby will make a determination on whether Scotland v Japan will go ahead on Sunday.
In the event of a cancelled match both sides will be given.
Regardless of the uncertainty, Ireland amount eight CJ Stander insisted that the squad have yet to be distracted by the weather issues.
We know that our game is going ahead. All we can do is concentrate on this today, stated the South Africa-born back row.
You can not look at other things that is out of our control.
The question marks on the playing surface in Fukuoka, which has been closely scrutinised by his team and Schmidt during the captains of Friday conduct, have added yet another dimension into the build-up.
However, the players and coaches of Ireland have remained to point out that even though several onlookers focus has been elsewhere, their own priorities havent changed.
We will need to acquire our match, said scrum coach Greg Feek.
To participate in a World Cup is a honor and its really exciting to be a part of it.
You simply dont need those distractions for many people to forget about how special the championship is.
Ireland: Larmour; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale Murray; Healy Furlong James Ryan; Stander, Beirne der Flier.
Replacements: Scannell Porter, Kleyn, OMahony Carbery, Conway.
Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua, Taefu, Fidow Polataivao; Mulipola Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Leaupepe; Vui, Ioane, J Lam.
Replacements: Niuia, Alo-Emile, Lay Tyrell Pisi, Fonotia.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt:We have only got to create sure that our game becomes completed with the perfect result for us.
We need to get out and get a result. Its a situation no one wanted to have
Samoa coach Steve Jackson:What better chance to finish the World Cup?
Knowing that we are on a plane on Monday, moving home, to have a scalp including this could be great.
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