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The Sporting News are following the match live, providing live updates and commentary below.

England vs. Japan live score

  1H 2H FT
England 38 0  
Japan 6 7  

Tries: Steward, Smith, Porter (2), Genge, Penalty Try; Saito

Conversions: Farrell (5); Lee

Penalties: Farrell; Yamasawa (2)

England vs. Japan live commentary, highlights

73 mins: Japan look to hit straight back with Saito demanding quick ball at the ruck. It’s thrown wide to Yamanaka, who breaks down the right before offloading to Matsushima on his inside, but the winger is tackled over the sideline by Slade in cover for England.

70 mins: PENALTY TRY – England 45-13 Japan! A gigantic maul seemingly involving half of Twickenham powers towards the Japan line, but it’s called to have been pulled down by Siosaia Fifita entering from the side. The ball was all-but over the line before the collapse, and so the referee gives a penalty try to England, and bins Fifita for the final 10 minutes.

66 mins: Dearns carries to within a millimetre of the line, before Japan recycle the ball left. Riley grubbers in behind, but it’s grounded in-goal by Farrell for a goal-line drop-out.

63 mins: Billy Vunipola’s on for England, and smashes fellow replacement Craig Millar, dislodging the ball from the Japan prop’s grasp and winning a scrum for the hosts.

59 mins: TRY – England 38-13 Japan! The Brave Blossoms have their first try, and it’s great play at the breakdown from Dearns. Coles rips the ball from Himeno’s grasp, but Dearns gets over the top of the ruck to latch onto it. He bursts through and offloads to Saito, and the replacement scrum-half darts over to score! Lee adds the two, and that try will hopefully spur Japan on for a positive end to the game, as we enter the last 20 minutes.

56 mins: A break in play allows both sides to make ample changes before a scrum, but having been dominated at the set-piece all game long, a brilliant effort from Japan sees them win the penalty for a chance to attack the line.

Watch Guy Porter cross for his second England try against Japan (UK): 

52 mins: TRY – England 38-6 Japan! It’s party time at Twickenham as second-rows Hill and Ribbans both play basketball-style passes over the top. From the following play, Farrell grubbers forward, and Porter charges after it to score in the corner! It’s definitely going to be England’s game now, the only question is by how much, as Farrell converts.

48 mins: TRY – England 31-6 Japan! England have their fourth! From a penalty line-out, the hosts hit the Japan defence with big drive after big drive. Sinckler almost gets through and is pulled up short of the line, but they can’t stop Genge, who powers over to score from close range! Farrell converts as England hit the 30-point mark.

43 mins: Hill is penalised for a high tackle on Nakamura, and Lee opts to kick for the posts, but doesn’t find them with his shot at goal and the scores remain the same.

41 mins: Japan bring on Seung-Sin Lee for Yamasawa at half-time, and he’s the man to kick off the second half at Twickenham!

HT: Japan have had their moments, troubling England on the counter and when attacking the edges, but they’ve only got two Takuya Yamasawa penalties to show for it so far. If they can find and maintain some composure, there’s a good chance the Brave Blossoms can score points with ball in hand, but that’s a big if at the moment, given how well England are keeping them at arm’s length.

HT: England head into the sheds at half-time with an 18-point lead, having scored three unanswered tries against a Japan side who are making hard work of it at Twickenham! After trading three points each early on, Freddie Steward raced onto Marcus Smith’s pass to fly into the corner for England’s first try. Steward turned provider for their second try, after his superb kick return sparked a break which Smith finished off. Japan did have chances, but England held them out, before scoring again right on the half-time whistle through Guy Porter.

40 mins: TRY – England 24-6 Japan! Van den Heever is isolated on his own line and a raft of England defenders steal possession. It’s thrown wide to Simmonds with a long cut-out pass, and he offloads to Porter who dots down right on half-time! Farrell adds the two, and England have  a commanding lead going into half-time!

39 mins: England turn the ball over on half-way and Smith kicks long, but Van den Heever makes a mess of the catch, putting Japan under immediate pressure!

36 mins: PENALTY – England 17-6 Japan. Yamasawa steps up following that penalty, and slots over three more points to help Japan slowly plug this gap.

35 mins: YELLOW CARD – Leitch spots a gap in England’s defence and darts through it, surging into the back-field before offloading to Riley. He races forward and grubbers ahead be re-gathering, which is illegally stolen on the floor by May! It’s a professional foul in the referee’s eyes, and May is sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

32 mins: PENALTY – England 17-3 Japan. The visitors win a penalty from right in front after Van Poortvliet is caught offside, and Japan choose to kick for points, three of which are sent over the posts by Yamasawa.

29 mins: Japan finally win good ball off their own scrum and move the ball right. Riley makes a half-break and the Brave Blossoms recycle it to Tatafu. He also pokes his nose through the line, before Japan switch it left, but Leitch is barrelled into touch to bring the chance to a close.

Watch Marcus Smith dot down in the corner for England’s second try (UK):

24 mins: TRY – England 17-0 Japan!! What a score from England! Steward runs the ball back from deep, and takes advantage of a disjointed defence to burst through and offload to Cokanasiga. He looks to have a clear run to the line, but Yamasawa drags him down short. However, Smith is on hand to collect the offload, and the dynamic fly-half finishes acrobatically in the corner! Farrell converts, and England have a comfortable lead at Twickenham.

20 mins: Porter has the ball stripped off him in midfield, and Japan counter quickly down the left. Matushima wraps around to find Van Den Heever on the charge, but he’s smashed by Curry and loses the ball in the ruck!

17 mins: England attack at speed off a penalty line-out, as Van Poortvliet demands quick ball. Tom Curry spills one of these quick passes, but still offloads to Jonny Hill, sending the big lock over the try-line! The referee’s spotted it though, and any chance of a try is thwarted!

13 mins: TRY – England 10-0 Japan! England shift the ball to the left, and Steward hits a great line off Smith’s bullet of a pass. He evades Matushima to dive into the corner untouched, and Farrell adds the extras to give England a 10-point lead early on!

9 mins: Japan win a penalty and from the line-out, Riley hits a great line to make a half-break. England do eventually turn it over though, and Smith’s clearance from his own line is a belter, travelling well into the Japanese 22 and giving the hosts some breathing space.

4 mins: PENALTY – England 3-0 Japan. After Riley charges down Smith’s cross-field kick from an offside position, play is brought back from the penalty. Cowan-Dickie feigns a quick tap, but Farrell does eventually step up to slot over the game’s first points.

Kick-off: Owen Farrell’s boot gets the game underway, as England kick this game off at Twickenham!

5 mins to kick-off: The two anthems are belted out across Twickenham by both sets of players and fans, and we’re ready and raring for kick-off here! 

10 mins to kick-off: Out come the teams onto the pitch, and following the Last Post and minute’s silence on this remembrance weekend, we’ll be ready for the anthems!

15 mins to kick-off: Twickenham is packed to the rafters as we await the arrival of the players on the pitch, and can England prove the doubters wrong against Japan as they look to get their autumn series back on track?

30 mins to kick-off: Japan memorably beat South Africa 34-32 at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, while being coached by Eddie Jones, and the current England coach will be wary of their strike weapons out wide, such as Kotaro Matushima, and their strong forward pack, featuring long-standing captain Michael Leitch.

45 mins to kick-off: England have made tweaks to their team in the hope of making their attack slicker, with winger Joe Cokanasiga, who scored their first try against the Pumas, shifting to the other wing but hoping to do similar damage.

60 mins to kick-off: The Brave Blossoms pushed New Zealand when they faced them in Tokyo two weeks ago, giving the All Blacks a real scare with their dynamic attack. England’s attack in contrast was anything but dynamic against Argentina, and Japan will know there are areas to exploit in their out-of-sorts opponents at Twickenham.

75 mins to kick-off: After a loss to Argentina here last weekend, where they were sub-par for large portions of the game, England fans will be wanting a response from the home side in this game, against a Japan side who will be no easy-beats.

90 mins to kick-off: Hello and welcome to coverage of this international rugby union test match, live from Twickenham in London, as England face their head coach Eddie Jones’ old side Japan!

England are out to put their disappointing defeat to Argentina behind them when they host Japan on Saturday.

Having lost 30-29 to the Pumas last weekend, they’ll need to show a significant reaction after a below-par performance from many of Eddie Jones’ key performers, and will need to be very wary about the threat posed by his former side.

Japan’s only game so far this autumn came in Tokyo, where they pushed New Zealand all the way before eventually losing 38-31. The Brave Blossoms conceded five tries but scored four of their own and gave the All Blacks a real scare, particularly following Brodie Retallick’s red card. They were arguably the better team for much of the second half, but gave themselves too much to do, despite Kazuki Himeno’s late score.

In poor conditions at Twickenham, England struggled to create any real go-forward from the breakdown against Argentina and had to rely on the dynamic running of Joe Cokanasiga in open play. He scored the only five-pointer of the first half, but the Pumas raced out of the blocks to score two of their own early in the second stanza. Ben Youngs struggled out of dummy-half, with his poor performance compounded by the introduction Jack van Poortvliet, who scored almost straight after replacing Youngs at the base of the scrum.

Japan’s attacking flair and strong set-piece was on full show in Tokyo, though, as they scored a quick-fire brace of tries late in the first half through Takuya Yamasawa and Yutaka Nagare. They kept pace with the All Blacks in the second, too, with forwards Warner Dearns and Himeno crossing late on to ensure New Zealand’s lead never grew to more than seven points.

Owen Farrell’s pinpoint kicking off the tee kept putting England ahead against the Pumas in a match that saw the lead change eight times in total, but Argentina were never deterred, with Emiliano Boffelli scoring 25 points himself to secure an historic win at Twickenham. Jones’ men can’t afford another off-day, as the England coach knows Japan’s ability to cause an upset all too well, having masterminded their 34-32 win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

England vs. Japan lineups

Jonny May wasn’t quite fit enough  for the match against Argentina but is straight back into the starting XV for this game, replacing the absent Cokanasiga on the left wing. Further changes are made in the backline, and after the 10-12-13 axis of Marcus Smith, Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi didn’t exactly set the world on fire last weekend, the latter drops to the bench, with Guy Porter replacing him at outside centre.

Jack van Poortvliet’s impressive try-scoring cameo off the bench gave England late hope against the Pumas, and the Leicester scrum-half replaces his club team-mate Ben Youngs in the No.9 jersey. David Ribbans, who didn’t make it off the bench against Argentina, is named in the starting pack and will make his England debut, replacing fellow Northampton lock Alex Coles, who did likewise last week.

England XV: Freddie Steward, Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Owen Farrell, Jonny May, Marcus Smith, Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, David Ribbans, Jonny Hill, Mark Itoje, Tom Curry, Sam Simmonds

England Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Alex Coles, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi

Japan name a very similar team to the one that almost got past the All Blacks in Tokyo, with all four try-scorers in the starting XV and several other household names with which England must contend. Try-scoring half-backs Yutaka Nagare and Takuya Yamasawa are retained, and they’ll be looking to exploit England’s defence out wide, which Argentina did so well to score back-to-back tries of their own at Twickenham.

A loose Owen Farrell pass gave Santiago Carreras the space to run away for Argentina’s second last weekend, and the Japanese pack will be looking to apply similar pressure on Farrell and Marcus Smith. Warner Dearns charged down a clearing kick to score for the Brave Blossoms against New Zealand, and he and his team-mates will be aware that this is an area in which Japan can force errors at Twickenham.

Japan XV: Ryohei Yamanaka, Kotaro Matsushima, Dylan Riley, Ryoto Nakamura, Gerhard van den Heever, Takuya Yamasawa, Yutaka Nagare; Keita Inagaki, Atsushi Sakate, Ji-won Koo, Warner Dearns, Jack Cornelsen, Michael Leitch, Kazuki Himeno, Tevita Tatafu

Japan Replacements: Kosuke Horikoshi, Craig Millar, Yusuke Kizu, Wimpie van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Naoto Saito, Seung-sin Lee, Siosaia Fifita.

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How to watch England vs. Japan

  UK Australia New Zealand US
TV channel Sky Sport
Stream Amazon Prime Video Stan Sport Sky Sport website/app FloSports

UK: The Test match is available to stream via subscription service Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

Australia: All matches in the Autumn Nations Series, as well as this Test, will be streamed via Stan Sport in Australia.

New Zealand: Sky Sport is the place to catch the end-of-year international matches.

US: Subscription service FloSports has exclusive rights to the Autumn Nations Series with matches available to stream online.

What time is England vs. Japan?

England host Japan at Twickenham Stadium in London, England on Saturday, November 12. The game kicks off at 3.15 p.m. GMT.

  UK Australia New Zealand USA
Date Sat, Nov. 12 Sun, Nov. 13 Sun, Nov. 12 Sat, Nov. 13
Time 15:15 GMT 02:15 AEDT 04:15 NZDT 10:15 ET

England vs. Japan odds

Despite England’s defeat to Argentina, and Japan pushing New Zealand close, the home side are still heavy favourites to end this game victorious. Japan’s chances of victory are long to say the least, with both Sky Bet and Ladbrokes offering the same lengthy odds.

BetMGM in the US has a touch more faith in Japan, having chances of an England victory slightly shorter at 1/14, while Japan’s odds are also shortened to 13/2.

  UK (Sky Bet) Australia (Ladbrokes) USA (BetMGM)
England win 1/16 1.07 1/14
Japan win 8/1 8.00 13/2


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