England vs Japan Rugby

England will return to action tonight in the Rugby World Cup as they take on Japan at Stade de Nice. This Pool D fixture will go underway at 8:00 pm BST.

Here you can follow the England vs Japan Rugby World Cup live stream, date, kick-off time, Line-ups, head-to-head, and how to watch on TV.

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  • Rugby World Cup 2023
  • England vs. Japan | Pool D
  • Date: Sunday, 17 September 2023
  • Kick-off Time: 8:00 pm BST / 9:00 pm local time
  • Venue: Stade de Nice, France

England vs Japan: Team News and Line-Ups

England boss Steve Borthwick has made three changes to the side that beat Argentina.

Kyle Sinckler has recovered from a chest injury and will start for England as one of three changes. Joe Marler starts in the front row too as Ellis Genge drops to the bench.

Japan’s skipper Kazuki Himeno missed their last game against Chile for a calf injury. Japan gets a huge boost as Himeno is fit and ready to start.

England XV

Steward; May, Marchant, Tuilagi, Daly; Ford, Mitchell; Marler, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Chessum; Lawes (captain), Earl, Ludlam.

Replacements: Dan, Genge, Stuart, Martin, Vunipola, Youngs, Smith, Lawrence.

Japan XV

Masirewa; Matsushima, Osada, Nakamura, Naikabula; Matsuda, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Gu; Cornelsen, Fakatava; Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno (captain).

Replacements: Sakate, Millar, Ai Valu, Dearns, Shimokawa, Saito, Riley, Lemeki.


England and Japan met eight times in Rugby and the Brave Blossoms are yet to get their first victory.

How to Watch England vs Japan Rugby World Cup on TV?

The England vs Japan Rugby World Cup match will be available live on ITV1 in the UK. The live coverage will begin at 7:15 pm BST, before the kick-off at 8:00 pm BST.

In Japan, J Sports, NTV, and NHK will broadcast Japan’s match against England.

Fans can watch the Rugby World Cup matches on NBC in the United States and on Sky Sports NZ in New Zealand. In Australia, the match will be available on Stan Sport.

Here are the official TV and live-streaming broadcasters of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in different territories.

Country  TV Channel Live Stream
USA NBC Peacock, FuboTV, Sling
France TF1, M6, France TV MYTF1
New Zealand  Sky Sports NZ, Prime Sky Go
Australia  Stan Sport, Nine Stan App, 9Now
South Africa  SuperSport DStv App
Argentina  TVP, Star+ Star+
Ireland RTE, Virgin Media RTE Player
Japan J Sports
Italy Sky Sports, RAI Sky Go


England vs Japan Live Stream Free

Tonight’s England vs Japan Rugby World Cup match live stream will be available on ITVX for free in the UK.

Here are the live-streaming options in different territories.

  • UK: ITVX
  • USA: Peacock, FuboTV, Sling Blue
  • New Zealand: Sky Go
  • Italy: Sky Go
  • Australia: Stan App
  • Argentina: Star+


ITVX is the streaming home for all of ITV, meaning fans can enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream on ITVX.

You can easily download the app from your app store. You can watch ITVX for free, or buy a premium subscription for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year. ITVX Premium lets you watch ad-free and download shows to your mobile device.


Peacock will provide the live stream of all 48 matches of the Rugby World Cup in the USA.

To access all of the content Peacock has to offer, you can sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription at $5.99 a month (+tax) or $59.99 per year (+tax).

Fubo TV

Cord cutters can watch the England vs Japan RWC match live stream on NBC through FuboTV. The FuboTV pro pack comes at $74.99 per month and offers a 7-day free trial.

Red Roses face Brave Blossoms for another victory in Pool D

The England Red Roses got an impressive victory in their first game of the tournament, beating Argentina by 27-10 in Marseille. England lost Tom Curry to a red card early and George Ford’s impressive kicking was vital to secure a confidence-boosting win.

England will look for their second victory in tonight’s Pool D matchup against the Japan Brave Blossoms.

Japan smashed the tournament debutants Chile last week to win by 42-12. The 2019 tournament hosts will look to make another run into the quarter-finals. The Brave Blossoms have yet to win a match against England – and this will be their ninth attempt.

Read Also: How to Watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in the UK

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.


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