2018 Autumn Internationals – England vs Japan Preview

AT A GLANCE

When is England vs Japan taking place? Saturday 17th November, 15:00

Where is England vs Japan taking place? Twickenham

What is the playing surface? Hybrid Grass

What is the expected weather at England vs Japan? Sunny, mild

What channel is England vs Japan on? Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream England vs Japan? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available for England vs Japan? https://www.autumn-internationals.co.uk/tickets.html

LAST MEETING
England 60-7 Japan

THE LOWDOWN

ENGLAND

Head Coach: Eddie Jones

  • England couldn’t make it back-to-back wins as they lost a narrow encounter with New Zealand last weekend.

  • After edging out South Africa in the previous week, England couldn’t quite get the better of the All Blacks but were a touch unfortunate as Sam Underhill’s late effort was ruled out by the TMO as his side went down 15-16.

  • George Kruis has been ruled out of the remaining games of the autumn internationals. The second row sustained a calf injury in last week’s loss whilst there are also doubts over Dylan Hartley and Manu Tuilagi.

JAPAN

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph

  • 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts Japan head to Twickenham for the first time as they play England for just the second time.

  • The Japanese conceded 69 points in their last encounter against world champions New Zealand although they score 31 points of their own.

  • After scoring five tries in that game against the All Blacks, they will be hoping for a repeat performance here but will need to tighten up their defence to make it a contest.

THE PREDICTION

England will look to put last weekend’s disappointment behind them at the first opportunity as they host Japan on Saturday. Having lost out by just a single point to New Zealand, England will be hoping to put on a show against the Japanese, a side that conceded 69 points in their last game. The home side start as 31-point favourites with the bookies and they will be confident of covering that handicap.