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From Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI in Fukuoka
Ireland want a bonus-point win over Samoa in their final World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka to guarantee themselves a place.
The disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis and worries over the Hakatanomori Stadium pitch has overshadowed the build-up on Saturdays game.
Sundays game between Pool A rivals Scotland and Japan is at major doubt.
Their fate will be determined by the outcome in Yokohama, if Ireland neglect to procure five points from Samoa.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt includes after he missed the three Pool A matches due to a hamstring injury centre Robbie Henshaw because of his 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 though the latter switches into the rear row from lock kept.
Seven forward changes come with the return of skipper Rory Best who will be partnered Tadhg Furlong and by Cian Healy at front row.
Schmidts likely aim could have been to break several of the players at the final Pool A match for the shock defeat by hosts Japan to rip the script .
Saturday Japan ended in a defeat samoa chances of progressing to the knock-out phases.
Steve Jackson makes just two changes for his final match in Fukuoka, together with Teofilo Paulo coming into the pack and Logovii Mulipola.
Before allowing their competitors to control the match in their last two matches, against Scotland and Japan, Samoa have set.
Hagibis, which is to hit Yokohama and Tokyo, appeared to be heading towards Fukuoka before its path shifted, allowing the to move as normal.
World Rugby can make a decision on whether Scotland v Japan will go ahead on Sunday morning.
In the event of a game that was cancelled either side would be given two points, which would guarantee that Japan complete as group winners.
Regardless of the doubt, Ireland number eight CJ Stander insisted the squad have yet to be diverted by the weather issues.
We know that our game is moving ahead. We all can do is concentrate on that now, said the South Africa-born spine row.
You can not examine other things that is out of our control.
The question marks on the surface in Fukuoka, which has been scrutinised by his staff and Schmidt during Fridays captains run, have added another dimension to the build-up.
But Irelands players and coaches have remained at pains to point out that even though the attention of several onlookers was elsewhere, their own priorities have not changed.
We will need to acquire our match, stated scrum coach Greg Feek.
To participate with a World Cup is a honour and it is so exciting to be a part of it.
You just dont want those distractions for all people to overlook how special the tournament is.
Ireland: Larmour; Earls, Henshaw Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy Furlong, Henderson, James Ryan; Stander, Beirne, Van der Flier.
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter OMahony Carbery, Conway.
Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua Fidow Polataivao; Mulipola, S Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Leaupepe; Vui, Ioane, J Lam.
Replacements: Niuia Lay, Faasalele, Tyrell, Cowley, Pisi, Fonotia.
Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt:We have just got to create sure our game gets finished with the ideal outcome for us.
We will need to escape and find a outcome. Its a scenario nobody needed to have.
Samoa trainer Steve Jackson:What greater opportunity to finish the World Cup?
Recognizing that we are on a plane on Monday, moving home, to have a scalp including this would be great.
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