Japan host France in their second Test on Saturday: here’s how to watch the match on TV, confirmed line-ups and referee details
Japan take on France in their second-Test match-up on Saturday.
The French won the first Test 42-23 in Toyota, scoring four tries in the second half. The visitors pulled away after the turnaround, with the scores tied at 13-13 at the break.
Here is everything you need to know about this weekend’s encounter:
What time is Japan v France kick-off?
Japan v France kicks off at 6.50am UK time on Saturday, July 9, at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
What TV channel is Japan v France on? What about live streaming?
Fans can catch all of the action on Premier Sports 1. Coverage starts at 6.40am, and can be live streamed via the Premier Player.
Who is the Japan v France referee?
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Chris Busby (Ireland)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales).Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to the side that suffered a second-half collapse last week.
Two players have returned after recovering from Covid; there is a change at scrum-half, with Naoto Saito returning to the starting line-up while World Cup veteran hooker Shota Horie was named on the bench.
France coach Fabien Galthié has handed full-back Max Spring his debut in an otherwise unchanged side.
Japan: 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Dylan Riley, 12 Shogo Nakano, 11 Siosaia Fifita, 10 Seungshin Lee, 9 Naoto Saito, 8 Jack Cornelsen, 7 Ben Gunter, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Sanaila Waqa, 4 Warner Dearns, 3 Asaeli Ai Valu, 2 Atsushi Sakate (captain), 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Yukio Morikawa, 18 Yusuke Kizu, 19 Takayasu Tsuji, 20 Tevita Tatafu, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Shane Gates.
France: 15 Max Spring, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Yoram Moefana, 11 Matthis Lebel, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Yoan Tanga, 7 Charles Ollivon (captain), 6 Dylan Cretin, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Thibaud Flament, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros.
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Thomas Lavault, 20 Ibrahim Diallo, 21 Sekou Macalou, 22 Baptiste Couilloud, 23 Antoine Hastoy.France captain Charles Ollivon said Friday that the Six Nations champions are ready for an aerial assault when they take on Japan in the second Test in Tokyo on Saturday.
France won the first Test 42-23 in Toyota last week, but Japan are ready to take to the skies after bringing towering locks Warner Dearns and Sanaila Waqa into the starting line-up.
Both players stand over two metres (six feet, seven inches) tall, but Ollivon believes France can cope as they look to win their 10th straight Test match at Tokyo’s National Stadium.
“They will have more height, but they will also have more speed,” said Ollivon, who made his international return in last week’s game after a long injury lay-off.
“We did well in the line-out last week and they will try to counter us. We are ready to compete even if it will be tougher than before. It’s up to us to respond.”
France pulled away from a spirited Japan with four second-half tries last week after being held 13-13 at the interval.
Head coach Fabien Galthie has brought an inexperienced squad to Japan, and Ollivon said motivation would not be a problem as they tried to improve on last week’s performance.
“The whole team, the whole staff, we all want to do better than we did last week,” he said.
“We must do better in a lot of areas. We have prepared seriously and we want to go further, higher and faster in our play.”
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has also named an inexperienced side as he looks to blood new players ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Half-backs Naoto Saito and Seungshin Lee have only nine caps between them, with fly-half Lee making only his third appearance at the age of 21.
Saito, who missed last week’s game after testing positive for Covid, said “communication” would be crucial.
“I don’t really think of myself as being someone with experience,” said the 24-year-old Saito.
“I’m aware that I have to step up and lead more than I have done before. Over the week we’ve been watching video together and identifying how we should play in certain situations.”Japan will have been content with the efforts against France in their opening clash last week but they will find it difficult to match that performance once again. Going down 23-42, the Japanese will be looking to post another solid total while improving on their defence but the French will have other ideas. They have now won their last nine games in all competitions on the back of last week’s success and they have to be fancied to cover the -19 handicap in this one.
When is Japan vs France on and what time does it start? Japan vs France will take place on Saturday 9th July, 2022 – 06:45 (UK)
Where is Japan vs France taking place? Japan vs France will take place at Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
Where can I get tickets for Japan vs France? Check each nation’s official Rugby Union website for the latest ticket information
What channel is Japan vs France on in the UK? Japan vs France will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Japan vs France in the UK? Japan vs France cannot be streamed live in the UK