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Japan v England: How to watch, TV channel, kick-off time, head-to-head stats and team news

Steve Borthwick's England open up their summer series with a Test match against Eddie Jones' Japan at the National Stadium in Tokyo - the first ever meeting between the nations in Japan.

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How to watch Japan v England and TV Channel

Japan v England is available to watch free of charge on RugbyPassTV, although a subscription is required.

Japan v England kick-off time, date and venue

Japan v England will kick off at 06:50 (BST) on Saturday 22nd June at the National Stadium, Tokyo.

Japan v England stats and head-to-head record (H2H)

Japan and England have met eight times with England winning all eight. Only the last four were classified as full internationals.

In their last meeting England won 34-12 in a World Cup pool match in Nice in 2023.

England arrive in Japan on the back of a Six Nations campaign in which they won three matches and lost twice.

Japan played eight times in 2023, losing five and winning Tests against Tonga, Chile and Samoa.

Japan v England head-to-head record (H2H)

Japan wins




England wins


* H2H stats refer to all competitions

Japan v England team news

Japan team news

Former England coach Eddie Jones could hand debuts to university students Tsubasa Moriyama and Kenji Sato, two of 12 uncapped players in his squad. World Cup captain Kazuki Himeno is injured.

England team news

Jamie George will captain England and here will be a first cap for Harlequins' flanker Chandler Cunningham-Smith. Marcus Smith starts at fly half in the absence of Owen Farrell or George Ford.

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