Japan vs Ireland rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream free and team news for Rugby World Cup Pool A clash


HOSTS Japan continue their quest for a home World Cup triumph against Ireland.

Pool A is hugely competitive with Scotland, Russia and Samoa looking to continue through to the knockouts – but both of these sides will be confident of progressing to the next stage.

Morale is high in the Irish camp despite a heavy defeat to England in the warm-ups
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What time does Japan vs Ireland kick off?

THIS clash is set for Saturday, September 28.

It’s an early start for viewers in the UK and Ireland, with the game kicking off at 8.15am BST – 4.15pm in Japan.

The match will be held at the impressive 50,000-capacity Ecopa Stadium.

What TV channel is Japan vs Ireland on and can I live stream it?

THIS match is being shown on ITV1 with coverage following Argentina vs Tonga.

If you want to stream the action instead, head to the ITV Hub or TVPlayer.

RTE and Eir Sport will be showing the match live in Ireland.

How can I watch Japan vs Ireland for free?

EVERY minute of this year’s World Cup is being shown on free-to-air TV in the UK.

But to watch legally, you must have a valid TV licence – get one here.

RTE is free for viewers in Ireland.


Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Tupou; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Thompson, Moore, Himeno, Labuschagne (capt), Mafi.

Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Valu, Van Der Walt, Leitch, Tanaka, Matsuda, Lemeki.

Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Farrell, Stockdale; Carty, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, J Ryan; O’Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, Beirne, Ruddock, McGrath, Carbery, Larmour.


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