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Japan vs England Predictions & Tips - Brave Blossoms can give England a scare

Last updated: 18 Jun 2024
Ralph Staniforth 18 Jun 2024
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Japan are not a side to be taken lightly, particularly on home soil. I am backing Japan to get inside the 16-point hanidcap.
  • Japan vs England Preview
  • Head to Head
  • Japan Form
  • Japan Injuries & Team News
  • England Form
  • England Injuries & Team News

  • Japan lost by 22 points in their last match against England.
  • Japan have won 2 of their last 4 matches.
  • England have won their last 9 matches against Japan.
  • England have won 3 of their last 5 matches.

Head to Head

England have won all nine previous encounters against Japan. Their last meeting came in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a game England won 34-12.

Japan Form

Japan have not played any international rugby since being knocked out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup at the pool stage.

During the World Cup, Japan beat Chile and Samoa but suffered defeats to England and Argentina. They failed to progress, but the odds were always against them in that pool.

Japan Injuries & News

Japan are expected to select a strong side for this home clash against England.

England Form

England have struggled for any sort of form or consistency for a couple of years at least. At the World Cup, they defied the odds to reach the semi-final where they lost by a point to eventual champions, South Africa.

While they stuck to the basics well, there was nothing flash about the way they played. However, it gave them something to build on.

During the Six Nations this year, England just managed a win in Italy before scraping a home win by two points against Wales. That was followed by a 30-21 loss in Scotland.

England were very good in their final two games though, beating Ireland 23-22 at Twickenham and taking France to the bring in Paris, losing 33-31.

England Injuries & News

Steve Borthwick is expected to select a good side but there may well but some new faces as they look to build towards the future.


Japan are backed to lose by less than 16 points.

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