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England forced into late change as Jack Nowell is ruled out

Jack Nowell has been forced to pull out of today’s clash with Japan after suffering an abdominal injury.

He will be replaced by Joe Cokanasiga.

Latest odds

  • England to win – 1/1
  • Draw – 45/1
  • Japan to win – 10/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of writing.

When is England vs Japan?

The fixture between England and Japan takes place at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday 12 November and kicks off at 3:15pm (GMT).

How can I watch England vs Japan?

The match will not be available on terrestrial television and like the rest of the autumn internationals will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video


Expected England team to play Japan:

15. Freddie Steward


13. Guy Porter

12. Owen Farrell (C)

11. Jonny May

10. Marcus Smith

9. Jack van Poortvliet

1. Ellis Genge (VC)

2. Luke Cowan-Dickie

3. Kyle Sinckler

4. David Ribbans

5. Jonny Hill 

6. Maro Itoje

7. Tom Curry

8. Sam Simmonds 


16. Jamie George 

17. Mako Vunipola

18. Joe Heyes

19. Alex Coles 

20. Billy Vunipola

21. Ben Youngs

22. Henry Slade

23. Manu Tuilagi


Editors picks:

5 retired rugby players who still have it, including Mike Tindall

We take a look at some retired rugby players who still boss can still boss the field when they choose to take their boots off the hanger.

#1. Mike Tindall

Recently, a Mike Tindall XV squared off against a James Haskell XV as part of the RFU’s Play Together, Stay Together campaign at Aylesbury Rugby Club. 

Taking to the pitch were a range of ex-internationals including Phil Vickery, Matt Banahan, Lee Mears, Delon Armitage and Tom Wood alongside Mike while James and Alex Payne coach from the side-line.

The game ended 36-36 following a last-gasp try from England legend Tindall, which you can watch below.

Mike Tindall Facts:

  1. Tindall is married to Zara Phillips, the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  2. He is regarded as one of the best players to never wear the Lions jersey, However, he did play against them as part of a Barbarians XV in 2013.
  3. Tindall, whose nose was famously broken at least eight times during his rugby career, underwent a surgery in 2018 which fixed the fractures.
  4. Mike’s sometimes nickname is “The Fridge” due to his sizeable 6ft 2inch bulk.
  5. Every year since 2013, Mike has hosted an event called ISPS HANDA Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic, where several celebrities come together to raise money and awareness for disability groups and in aid of curing Parkinson’s disease

#2. Dan Carter

World Cup-winning fly-half Carter came out of retirement to play for his boyhood team Southbridge RFC.

He played the full 80 minutes and scored six of his seven kicks at goal as his side beat West Melton 54-14.

Carter revealed he intends to play a bigger part at his local club moving forward.