Japan will become the first second-tier rugby nation to host a World Cup when they kick off the tournament against Russia on September 20th in Tokyo Stadium.
Although they aren’t considered one of the front-runners for the Webb Ellis trophy when the final takes place November 2nd, they will undoubtedly become every rugby fan’s second favourite team as they hope to make it out of the Pool stages for the first time in eight attempts.
Their Kiwi coach Jamie Joseph now has a group of players with winning experience at all levels, thanks to the Sunwolves recent inclusion in Super Rugby, an ever-improving domestic league – and a shocking 2015 World Cup win over two-time champs, South Africa.
Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – How far can Japan go?
It would be one of the biggest sporting shocks ever if Japan won the Rugby World Cup 2019, even on home soil. However, a quarter-final berth is by no means out of the question in a Pool A group that includes Ireland, Scotland, Samoa and Russia.
Loose forward Michael Leitch will be going into his third World Cup with the Cherry Blossoms hoping to make a bit of history as their most successful captain. He leads from the front and his experience will be the key to winning tight games in the all-important lead up to the quarter-finals.
Review of Japan’s Group Matches
Japan vs Russia: The team from Russia has the thankless task of playing the opening game of the World Cup against hosts Japan. If the Cherry Blossoms feel the pressure of expectation, then this could be a close game. If the real Japan arrive then Russia can expect a heavy defeat.
Japan vs Ireland: If Japan can turn home support into points then this could be a dangerous game for the Irish side. Ireland certainly has the quality to overcome the Cherry Blossoms – but it will be close.
Japan vs Samoa: The occasion might just get the better of Manu Samoa, and Japan should secure the result. Expect a comfortable win for the home nation in their match with Samoa.
Japan vs Scotland: This game could easily be a decider to see who progresses to the knock-out stages alongside Ireland. The Japanese need to show lots of mental strength to come through with a win vs Scotland.
How to stream every Japan game at the Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Japan live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
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What time does Japan Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV Guide during the tournament for exact times.
Japan Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Fri 20 Sept||Japan vs Russia||8:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 28 Sept||Japan vs Ireland||5:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 5 Oct||Japan vs Samoa||8:30pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 13 Oct||Japan vs Scotland||8:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||Wales v France||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|