No matter what happens from here to the present, the consequences of this weekend's cancellation will long remain in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the tournament itself will have an asterisk forever.
In all of this, of course, it is worth pointing out that if the decision to cancel the games of New Zealand against Italy and England against France saves even one life, then it will pay off in full.
Furthermore, the Super typhoon Hagibis, the largest of the 19 to hit Japan in its rainy season, is estimated to be three times more fierce than the typhoon that caused the loss of three lives and massive disturbances in the greater Tokyo area in the week before the World Cup began. This World Cup was also not happy that the tycoons resumed later in October than is usual.
However, given the inherent risks of hosting a tournament this time of year, and that the World Rugby and Organizing Committee of Japan Rugby have been planning for this for almost a decade, their supposedly "robust contingency plans" seem to consist of speaking another Mass.
Moving matches to other venues or postponing them for 24 or 48 hours is an option that seems to be completely excluded on the grounds that it would be logistically difficult. Still, if any country on the planet could relocate or postpone games, it must be Japan.
For starters, as Joe Schmidt pointed out today, the first losers are Italy, for which playing against all blacks in this World Cup may have been the last game in charge of coach Conor O & # 39; Shea and ditto as captain Sergio Parisse.
Parisse most likely spoke to many others when he observed: "It's hard to know that we wouldn't have a chance to play a match against one of the great teams. If New Zealand needed four or five points against us, he wouldn't have canceled it.
"It's funny that a decision of this nature was made because it's not like the fans who arrived yesterday. It's funny that there was no plan B because it's not news that the typhoons hit Japan.
"Surely one might think that Italy against canceled New Zealand doesn't count for anything because we lost anyway, but we deserved to be respected as a team. We had the opportunity to play in a big stadium, against a great team. The alternative is to plan B. When you're organizing a World Cup, you should have one. Of course, if Italy and New Zealand needed the points they wouldn't have canceled it. "
Nor is it the case of adding 142 caps, one in front of the other, Brian O & # 39; Driscoll, and six behind Richie McCaw.
"We're not interested in hats. I don't play rugby to count my hats. It's good to win them, but it's not about my hats, it's about the team."
Similarly, it could be argued that England may have beaten France before their base D decision was overturned and declared a 0-0 draw. But not only is this also very unsatisfactory, but it also has consequences deep in the tournament. Eddie Jones quipped that the Typhoon Gods were smiling at him as he moved his team away from the storm back to the training base on the south coastal island of Miyazaki, where England began their tournament.
However, it does mean his players avoid the risk of injury this weekend and now have a 15-day gap between what is now assumed to be their last pool game against Argentina and the quarterfinals, potentially against Australia.
In private either, France will not feel too upset as they will also avoid the risk of injury against England, as they now have a 13-day turnaround before the quarterfinals, most likely against Wales.
South Africa already needed a useful 12-day turnaround between defeating Canada and their quarterfinals, while all Blacks will now enjoy a free weekend and a 13-day upgrade to their quarterfinals.
Even all of this would be completely eclipsed when the Japanese pool final in Yokohama on Sunday against Scotland was canceled, a decision the organizers said would be made in the morning after the full extent of the damage caused by Super Typhoon Hagibis would be assessed.
If this game were canceled, of course, it would ensure that Japan qualify as the pool winner, and assuming Ireland would pick up at least a bonus point against Samoa on Saturday, Scotland would be eliminated. So Ireland would send in the quarterfinals against New Zealand on Sunday, even if they beat Samoa with a bonus point, as Japan would also finish with 16 points and have a better rematch.
Ala Parisse and the Italians, the Scots clearly believe that if the shoe were on the other foot and Japan needed a win to advance, every effort would be to give the hosts a chance to qualify.
The Scottish camp has no say in the prospect of World Rugby that the game will not be moved or postponed. A Scottish rugby spokesman said: "We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to ensure that our match against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned. Public safety is a clear priority.
"With the potential impact on our last place in the A A, Scottish rugby fully expects contingency plans for Scotland to contend for a place in the quarterfinals on the field, and will be flexible to accept that."
Gregor Townsend risked being picked up by his own firecracker when asked about the possibility of canceling the Ireland-Samoa game when typhoon Hagibis first predicted he would hit Fukuoka over the weekend. "Well, if it's canceled, it'll cancel. Rules are rules."
The Scottish head coach has now, of course, changed the tune a little, and in today's hectic press conference he commented: "We believe the game has not been canceled as the weather forecast for Sunday has improved significantly."
Expressing his hope that an alternative venue could also be organized, even if it was a closed door, Townsend added: "What do we need? We need officials, we need players. The way I read the rules is that you can't change days, but you can change places and random situations.
"They have since told me that there is more force (measures in the rules) and that things can change due to exceptional circumstances. If that means Monday, because it takes a day to get things right, then who knows? But right now I think that they plan to continue on Sunday. "
Still, this World Cup proved to be inflexible compared to almost every other major sporting event, despite tournament director Alan Gilpin admitting that strange weather in Japan was "a real hot topic for us" – and it was September last year.
That will seem laughable to the tens of thousands of fans who booked expensive trips for this weekend and, in the event of their teams' game cancellation, will only be refunded their overpriced tickets.