England vs Japan – Rugby World Cup LIVE: Tom Curry will serve the first of his two game ban as Steve Borthwick’s side chase their second win in a row


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for all the latest as England face Japan in their second game of the Rugby World Cup.

Japan starting XV

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has also named a strong side to take on England with four changes to his starting team. Kazuki Himeno will captain his first RWC clash while Michael Leitch will become the nation’s most capped World Cup player on his 15th appearance.

STARTING XV: Masirewa; Matsushima, Osada, Nakamura, Naikabula; Matsuda, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Gu, Cornelsen, Fakatava, Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno (capt)

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

Japan's New Zealand-born Japanese head coach Jamie Joseph talks to his players during a training session at the Ernest-Wallon stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France, on September 13, 2023, as part of the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

England starting XV

England head coach Steve Borthwick has largely kept the faith from the team that beat Argentina last time out by making three changes with Lewis Ludlam starting at No.8, Ben Earl shifting to openside flanker, and Kyle Sinckler at tighthead.

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

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

MANDELIEU-LA-NAPOULE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 16: Steve Borthwick, Head Coach of England looks on during the Captain's Run ahead of their Rugby World Cup France 2023 match against Japan at Stade Eric Estivals on September 16, 2023 in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Good evening and welcome to the south of France

Good evening and welcome to the Nice stadium for tonight’s Rugby World Cup clash between England and Japan. Kick-off is at 8pm but we have so much to cover before then.


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