A win in Nice will see the Red Rose reach the quarter-finals as the Asian nation is a banana peel and has claimed the famous scalps of Ireland, Scotland and South Africa in recent tournaments.
George Ford’s impressive kick in Marseille was crucial in boosting morale at the start of the competition, particularly when England lost Tom Curry to a red card early on.
Steve Borthwick faced a lot of criticism over his side’s approach to their World Cup preparations, but their devastating performance against Argentina was one of steel, determination and guile.
Japan defeated Chile at the start of the season and is hoping to reach the knockout rounds again.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England v Japan will take place on Sunday 17 September 2023, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm BST.
The host is the Stade de Nice.
Where to watch England vs Japan?
TV channel: In the UK, Saturday’s showdown will be broadcast live and free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage starting at 7:15pm.
Live broadcast: The ITV website and ITVX app also offer fans a free live stream service online.
Live blog: You can follow the entire action live Standard sports Rugby World Cup blog with expert on-site analysis from Nick Purewal.
News about the England vs. Japan team
Curry’s two-game suspension will likely result in Ben Earl moving to flanker, giving Billy Vunipola the opportunity to start at number 8 following his suspension. Owen Farrell will serve the final game of his own suspension.
Jack Willis and Henry Arundell are also pushing for starts, with Borthwick likely to resist the temptation to rotate his side with minnows Chile following six days later.
The Brave Blossoms lost captain Kazuki Himeno shortly before their game against Chile, but he is expected to be fit again.
Lineups England vs. Japan
These will be announced shortly before kick-off. So check back to see who is competing for both teams!
Referee England against Japan
Georgian official Nika Amashukeli takes over, with Nic Berry and Andrea Piardi leading the charge. Ireland’s Joy Neville will act as TMO.
England vs Japan prediction
Japan may have stunned some big teams in past World Cups, but they certainly can’t be expected to repeat the trick this Sunday.
Should England continue with their attacking strategy and show some confidence on offense they should secure victory.
England wins with a bonus point.
Head-to-head history (h2h) and results
The two teams first met at the 1987 World Cup, which England won 60-7.
England wins: 3
Japan wins: 0
Latest odds for England vs Japan
England to win: 1/40
Japan wins: 18/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
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