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England vs Japan LIVE: Steve Borthwick’s side look to build on winning start to World Cup – start time, team news and how to follow

England will look to continue their fine start to the Rugby World Cup when they face Japan this weekend.

England came into the tournament in horror form but secured their biggest win of Steve Borthwick’s reign with a 27-10 triumph over Argentina.


George Ford kicked 27 points as England won their opening gameCredit: Getty

The Red and Whites were under mounting pressure coming into the World Cup having lost three of their four warm-up games.

Tom Curry was then sent off just three minutes into their opening game but George Ford kicked 27 points to steer England to victory.

Borthwick’s side now meet Japan, who are above them by one point in Pool D following their dominant 42-12 win over Chile.

England haven’t faced the Brave Blossoms at a World Cup since 1987, but did secure two victories when the sides met during the 2018 and 2022 autumn internationals respectively. 

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England vs Japan: Date and how to follow

This Pool D Rugby World Cup clash will take place on Sunday, September 17.

It’s due to get underway at 8pm UK time at the Stade de Nice, the home ground of Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

The match will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1 or ITVX, with their coverage starting at 7:15pm.

talkSPORT will have updates from the south of France throughout and will also have all the best of the reaction.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

England were not among the pre-tournament favourites


England were not among the pre-tournament favouritesCredit: Getty

England vs Japan: Team news

England will be sweating on the availability of flanker Curry, after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle against Argentina.

Borthwick is already without captain Owen Farrell, who will be serving the last game of a four-match ban.

But Billy Vunipola should be available having completed a suspension of his own during the World Cup opener.

England squad:

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Theo Dan, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, George Martin, David Ribbans, Bevan Rodd, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Billy Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis

Backs: Henry Arundell, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs

Japan beat Rugby World Cup debutants Chile


Japan beat Rugby World Cup debutants ChileCredit: AFP

England vs Japan: What has been said?

England fly-half Ford: “The drop-goals are always planned, it is a great weapon for us, especially when the ball is a bit greasy.

“We went down a man early on and had to come away with as many points as possible when we had field position. The boys up front were incredible to get us into that field position.

“We have had a bit of a rocky build-up to this World Cup but I think in the last 10 days there has been a different feeling to the place.”

England head coach Borthwick added: “There was a sense I had from the players they had been written off a bit too early.

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“They are a quality group of players that are going to keep on improving and moving forward.

“We will enjoy this tonight and the fans will enjoy it but our focus will switch to Japan very quickly for our next game on Sunday.”




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