England v Japan

  • England

    15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 23 caps), 14 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, uncapped), 13 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 28 caps), 12 Alex Lozowski (Saracens, 4 caps), 11 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 41 caps), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 49 caps) captain, 9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 83 caps),
    1 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 30 caps), 3 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 13 caps), 4 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 8 caps), 5 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 24 caps) vice-captain, 6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 66 caps), 7 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 6 caps), 8 Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, 1 cap).

    16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 95 caps), 17 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps), 18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 15 caps), 19 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, uncapped), 20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 7 caps), 21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 31 caps), 22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 63 caps), 23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps)

    There are 11 changes to the starting XV which faced New Zealand last weekend with two positional switches.
    On the squad selected Jones added: β€œThis weekend is a good opportunity for us to test the depth of the squad. A number of players have changed their roles going from finishers to starters and starters to finishers so that is the essential change to the squad. It is exciting to be able to give starting opportunities to Zach Mercer and Joe Cokanasiga and young Ted Hill on the bench."
    Japan have won 11 of their last 17 matches in Europe, drawing one and losing five. Their last game on the continent saw them draw 23-23 with France last November.
    This is only the second Test match between the two countries. The first was a Rugby World Cup match in 1987 with England beating Japan 60-7 in Sydney, Australia.


  • Will be a hammering for Japan. Unfortunately.

    Has Nowell played Outside Centre before?

  • @mikethesnow He's played the odd game for Exeter there and at full back. Not his natural position by any means. Distribution is not one of his strengths.

  • Fun looking team.

    Happy that Cokanasiga got the nod and think it will be the first cap of many. Offers something completely different from the other options England have on the wing.

    Some elevation for Ted Hill as well at 19. Has looked completely at home with senior rugby so far and will be interesting to see how he progresses this season.

    Midfield another point of interest with Nowell switching in and Loz involved. Would love to see that Latter take the chance and claim the 12 shirt for the 6N

  • Yeah, I'd back Cokanasiga to shine in this game but that comes with the caveat that Japan are not a Tier 1 nation. He's the type of guy that can really carve up against lesser opposition and I'd like to see him given the chance against the big boys. Like @Margin_Walker I think the guy has what it takes and really offers a different skill set to what we have currently.

  • @catogrande

    Yep, obviously a huge caveat with this game. Will be watching with interest all the same

  • Japan


    Captain: Michael Leitch

  • This is a great game. England lucky to survive with 15 players as long as they did.

    Japan so far looking really up to it. Smart attacking play, defence a bit leaky but if they can keep up the possession...

    England level it up at 10 all on 28 mins.

  • Leitch showing sweet feet on the right wing! 15-10 to Japan.

  • Pleased for Japan. Dare we hope for a repeat of their 2015 shock win.

    Eddie Jones' comments about going to the temple to pray look not only insulting but patronising and unwise now.

  • Annnd that's the halftime score, although Japan really should have scored again if Leitch wasn't a hungus.

  • @sparky what did he say?

  • England being dominated by Japan in that first half.

    In the dry weather, Japan able to play at a pace and with an agility England can't cope with.

  • Sevearl thoughts
    Michael Leitch is just awesome
    Tanaka's pass is still pretty crisp
    From the other match - See Tonga had an "Owen Farrell" tackle moment , which Nic Berry awarded a penalty to Wales
    Don't know what England are smoking they seem devoid of any sort of plan
    Eddie Jones lloks like a pratt of the highest order with those temple comments
    Japan coached by New Zealander and England coached by half Japanese Aussie - Go figure the world has gone mad!

  • @sparky

    One trusts you are aware Eddie's mother is Japanese, as is his wife, and that he has spent a good many years living there and coaching at club and national level. I would think that Eddie, a cautious man, is a fairly good judge of what can and cannot be said in these circumstances in comparison to you and me. πŸ˜‰

  • @mick-gold-coast-qld

    Well aware of Eddie's Japanese links and I suspect there was more than a tongue in check element about his trash talk. He gave those remarks in response to a jouurnalist who asked him about Michael Leith's comment about Japan wanting revenge on Eddie for all the slogging he gave them. πŸ˜‰

    England have brought on Underhill who I think will make a difference.

  • George Ford kicks a penalty. 13-15.

  • Yep England turning this into a bore-fest now, penalties starting to go their way, kicking to corners ho-hum

  • England holding onto the ball better. Mark Wilson scores a try. Kick over. 20-15.

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