England will face Japan at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 17th November during the Quilter Internationals 2018. This will be the third of four autumn internationals to be played by England in 2018.
Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and this fixture will be a huge test for the Cherry Blossoms.
England v Japan
Date: Saturday 17th November 2018
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports
It will be only the second time that England and Japan have met in a rugby test match. The previous encounter came during a pool match at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, which England won handsomely by 60-7.
Jamie Joseph has laughed off Eddie Jones’ advice that Japan should seek divine intervention for their clash with England.
Former Japan coach Jones has warned the Brave Blossoms that England will be “absolutely” ruthless at Twickenham on Saturday, as they exorcise frustrations from last weekend’s 16-15 defeat to New Zealand.
Jones suggested Japan head to the temple to prepare to face his England side, but current Blossoms boss Joseph shrugged off the warning on Monday.
Ex-All Blacks lock Joseph admitted Japan will need some help on the weather front in order to launch their fast-paced phase play – but insisted he will not be caught in any places of worship this week.