England vs Japan LIVE rugby: Latest build-up and updates from autumn international

England vs Japan LIVE rugby: Latest build-up and updates from autumn international

Updated: 2 months, 27 days, 3 hours, 30 minutes, 56 seconds ago

England take on Japan at Twickenham (Getty Images)

England face Japan in their latest autumn international as they bid to bounce back after a dispiriting defeat to Argentina last week.

The Red Rose went down 30-29 at Twickenham to the Pumas with the loss representing a first on home soil against the South Americans for 16 years.

Eddie Jones has made a number of changes, hoping to kick-start their autumn campaign with the World Cup less than a year away.

Japan will enter the contest with great confidence, having handed the All Blacks a scare last month in Tokyo, fading late to a 38-31 defeat.

Follow all the action from Twickenham with our blog following the conclusion of Ireland vs Fiji:

England vs Japan latest updates

Full live coverage following the conclusion of Ireland vs Fiji

England face Japan in second autumn international

Kick-off is 3.15pm BST at Twickenham

England looking to bounce back from dispiriting defeat to Argentina last week

Eddie Jones has made a number of changes with Manu Tuilagi, Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs dropped

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 46 minutes

14:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Back to the Aviva Stadium, and TMO Chris Hart will be needed - Joey Carbery stays down after a double hit, with Albert Tuisue’s shoulder looking uncomfortably close to the fly-half’s head.

Late England team news

14:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Action from Twickenham follows events in Dublin, and England have been forced into a late change: Jack Nowell has been ruled out with an abdominal wall injury, with Joe Cokanasiga called in to the starting side. A blow for Nowell, who England hoped would be fully over the issue for kick off.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 44 minutes

14:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Oh, Fiji! The first extravagant dance of the second half comes up the right touchline, Jiuta Wainiqolo at the heart of it after Frank Lomani’s initial sprint around the corner. Setareki Tuicuvu is in support, but the visitors rather run out of steam thereafter, and Ireland earn a scrum.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 42 minutes

14:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Kieran Treadwell thunders on to a pass, hitting a lusty line to nearly make a telling cut. But Fiji reform defensively, and Mack Hansen fumbles an inside pass.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 41 minutes

14:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

We’ve seen precious little of Jiuta Wainiqolo so far today, which is a shame, but the creative wing makes a metre or two with some jab-stepping after taking the kick off.

Back row colleague Setareki Tuicuvu makes a mess of an Irish kick and hurries a clearance away, making only 15 metres or so. Ireland lineout just outside the Fijian 22 - but the hosts are down to 14 for now with Jimmy O’Brien receiving treatment in the backfield.

Back out there

14:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji are already assembled for the restart as the Irish XV stomp back on to the pitch. Joey Carbery will get the second 40 minutes underway.

Action elsewhere

14:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A rather tasty result is brewing in Florence - Italy are good value for a 17-8 half-time lead against Australia.

The angel-faced Ange Capuozzo finished off this beauty of a score.

H/T: Ireland 21-10 Fiji

13:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Three tries for Ireland, but you suspect Andy Farrell won’t be entirely happy with that first half performance. The home side have had plenty of ball in the Fijian 22 but have been a little short of accuracy at times, with the visitors improving defensively as the half wore on.

Fiji faded in the second half against Scotland last week - can they produce a better showing after the interval this?


13:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 40 minutes

13:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji earn a turnover penalty, though, and that’ll do us for the first half.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 39 minutes

13:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji’s lineout is again messy, but Frank Lomani slithers between the forward bodies to ensure his side have some form of ball with which to work.

But not for long! A forthright counter-ruck is triggered by a secure Garry Ringrose tackle behind the gainline, and Ireland have the ball. Toed up the left, Fiji forced out - Ireland again with a lineout to throw deep beyond enemy lines.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 38 minutes

13:49 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Steelier stuff from Fiji. A stern inspection of an Irish carrier’s ribs forces a knock on, and Eroni Mawi then drives through Tadhg Furlong at the scrum.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 36 minutes

13:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There is, in fact, no penalty to come back to, so it will be Fiji’s lineout ball. That’s an efficient exit - long lineout into midfield giving the space for a thumped kick up towards the ten-metre line.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 35 minutes

13:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji shift the Irish drive over towards the touchline, forcing Jamison Gibson-Park into an earlier-than-anticipated extraction. Joey Carbery’s jinking feet ensure Ireland keep dancing inside the 22, with Robert Baloucoune making an impressive burst up the right.

The phases build and build with another advantage for Ireland to work with. Wide to the right - Jack Conan crashes over!...

But he’s got chalk on his boots! The number eight is in touch before grounding, Fiji just squeezing Conan out.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 33 minutes

13:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Herring hits double top, and Ireland maul. Down it goes, with Eroni Mawi picked out and pinged.

Mathieu Raynal calls the prop over for a chat - just a stern warning for now. The hosts will have another go.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 32 minutes

13:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Pressure on from Ireland at the scrum but Fiji manage to smuggle the ball back their way. A slow ruck gives Frank Lomani enough space to find touch, but those in front of him advance unneccesarily and are called for offside.

Rob Herring readies the arrows - Ireland with another five-metre lineout.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 30 minutes

13:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This doesn’t augur particularly well for Fiji - penalised again inside their own territory and Ireland fancy a maul.

More like it, though, from the Fijians, back to full complement with Manasa Saulo off the naughty step. They do just enough at the maul and then deal with Mack Hansen as he tries to dart through off his wing.

Hansen then knocks on.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 28 minutes

13:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Frank Lomani loops a pass to his captain, Waisea Nayacalevu running straight and hard to set a nice midfield platform. Viliame Mata carries twice in the movement but an errant pass stalls the momentum, and Ireland feast on some carrion at a ruck. Smart scavenging from Tadhg Beirne, who is so good over the ball - and at, really, everything else.

Ireland 21-10 Fiji, 26 minutes

13:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Neither side has defused the restarts well in this first half. Indecision from the Irish catchers leads to a knock on.

That necessitates a Fijian change - Lee-Roy Atalifo is beckoned over from the bench to ensure they have a qualified tighthead with Manasa Saulo in the bin. Albert Tuisue is sacrificed.

TRY! IRELAND 21-10 Fiji (Robert Baloucoune try, 25 minutes)

13:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But Ireland win back midfield ball and Robert Baloucoune crosses for their third!

Superb from Caelan Doris and Nick Timoney, combining to erect a road block over which Levani Botia and the ball spill forward. Tadhg Furlong snares out of the air, allowing Ireland to instantly switch into attack mode.

Jimmy O’Brien makes a bust up the right, and a long, wide miss ball from Jamison Gibson-Park gives Baloucoune the simplest of saunters over in the corner. Joey Carbery’s conversion is a good’un.

Ireland 14-10 Fiji, 24 minutes

13:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mack Hansen hares up in pursuit of the restart, getting hands to it but unable to claw it back Ireland’s way.

Ratu Leone Rotuisolia is trudging off having suffered a bang to the head - he’ll have an HIA with Api Ratuniyarawa on for the Fijian lineout.

PENALTY! Ireland 14-10 FIJI (Teti Tela penalty, 23 minutes)

13:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A stabilising three points for Fiji, with Teti Tela knocking a simple one through from the tee.

Ireland 14-7 Fiji, 22 minutes

13:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Viliame Mata stomps back towards the Irish chasers as he claims a clearance after the kick off, but Mathieu Raynal’s whistle halts his menacing meander - Ireland are offside and Fiji have a kickable penalty.

TRY! IRELAND 14-7 Fiji (Nick Timoney try, 21 minutes)

13:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And there is a certain score!

The lineout is smooth, the maul set-up secure and the drive inexorably marches to the line. Nick Timoney gets up from the collapsed mass with the ball as Joey Carbery again adds the extras.

No try! Ireland 7-7 Fiji, 20 minutes

13:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Yep, the ball has not brushed a blade of grass. Try chalked off.

But Fiji will lose a man. Manasa Saulo is sin binned for the latest of what are becoming rather too regular infringements.

TRY? Ireland 7-7 Fiji, 20 minutes

13:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Support act for the first, scorer of the second - Kieran Treadwell goes over!

Or does he? Fiji are furious and don’t think the lock has got it down. Upstairs for a look...

Ireland 7-7 Fiji, 19 minutes

13:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mathieu Raynal’s arm is out - another penalty coming for Ireland if they fail to make the most of the advantage...

Ireland 7-7 Fiji, 18 minutes

13:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji’s fringe defence is firm; their efforts to stall the maul rather less so. Another penalty to the hosts and into the corner Ireland go.

Ireland 7-7 Fiji, 17 minutes

13:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And that’s not an ideal way to respond from Fiji, granting Ireland more easy progress into their half with the concession of another penalty.

TRY! IRELAND 7-7 Fiji (Nick Timoney try, 15 minutes)

13:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And over crashes Nick Timoney!

Fiji twice get over the ball and appeal for a holding on call, but Mathieu Raynal keeps his whistle in his pocket, and the visitors struggle to slow Irish ball thereafter. Timoney gets a handy helping shunt from Kieran Treadwell and burrows over underneath the posts.

Joey Carbery’s conversion levels things up.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 14 minutes

13:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Here come Ireland’s largest men, first Kieran Treadwell and then Tadhg Beirne making burly dents. Pressure building...

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 13 minutes

13:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland need a bit of stability; Fiji’s efforts to deny them it at the lineout is penalised. Into the 22 go the hosts.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 12 minutes

13:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Turnover for Fiji and off they go again! A remarkable offload from Setareki Tuicuvu puts Vinaya Habosi into more open acreage, with the Irish backfield doing well to bring the powerful wing down. Irish bodies get back in enough numbers to earn a holding on penalty, but they look vulnerable to the Fijian wide threat.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 11 minutes

13:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji work something funky this time, Sam Matavesi fizzing his throw over the top where the catcher works a scissors with Kalaveti Ravouvou. The centre looks to punch through Rob Herring but can’t take cleanly.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 10 minutes

13:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scrappy enough couple of minutes, this - Ireland disrupt the lineout and snare the loose ball, but Tadhg Beirne is hauled over the touchline.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 9 minutes

13:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Botia carries firmly around the corner from the back of the next Fijian lineout, and Ireland have again infringed. Sloppy stuff from Andy Farrell’s side as Fiji march up the right touchline through Teti Tela’s kick.

Botia is down for treatment on an injury but Mathieu Raynal asks Fiji to play - and the lineout goes awry.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 8 minutes

13:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

...But Matavesi hits his man at the tail, and Fiji’s exit will be made easy by an offside Irishman. Penalty to the visitors.

There might have been a penalty anyway for Nick Timoney’s tackle on Levani Botia - a questionable use of arms from the Ireland flanker as he tries to chop his opposite number low, and he is duly warned by Mathieu Raynal.

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 7 minutes

13:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A very solid defensive set from Fiji, keeping men in the line and tackling firmly to prevent Ireland winning collisions. Waisea Nayacalevu holds Joey Carbery as the fly-half tries to jink.

Eventually, Ireland stab through a little grubber that trundles out five out from the Fijian line. Pressure throw for Sam Matavesi...

Ireland 0-7 Fiji, 6 minutes

13:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

More worries for Ireland - Robbie Henshaw is off already, with Garry Ringrose on at 13. Far from ideal for the hosts, with the atmosphere rather punctured in Dublin.

A kick that goes out on the full from Fiji should give Ireland a chance to build. They’ll throw the lineout just outside the Fijian 22.

TRY! Ireland 0-7 FIJI (Kalaveti Ravouvou try, 4 minutes)

13:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But not for long! That’s a stunning try!

First meaningful possession for Fiji and they strike quite superbly. Ireland are too narrow defensively, with speedy transfers granting Vinaya Habosi an alleyway up which to charge on the left. Habosi fends away a covering Jamison Gibson-Park and ships the ball infield to Waisea Nayacalevu, who draws the final defender and puts his centre partner Kalaveti Ravouvou in.

The conversion goes over, too. Excellent start for Fiji.

Missed penalty! Ireland 0-0 Fiji, 3 minutes

13:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Not how Teti Tela would have liked to begin from the tee - tugged to the left from 40 metres out. Scoreless it remains.

Ireland 0-0 Fiji, 2 minutes

13:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But Ireland come a-cropper soon after, a midfield carrier isolated and Fiji swiftly over the top. Sharp work from Eroni Mawi with Nick Timoney unable to shift the loosehead in the clearout.

Fiji will go for goal.

Ireland 0-0 Fiji, 1 minute

13:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Adventure from Ireland early on, Robbie Henshaw carrying in a wide channel from inside his own 22. That’s jaunty, too, Joey Carbery lifting a cross-kick for Mack Hansen to claim impressively above his head, Ireland up to the ten-metre line.


13:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Teti Tela drops ball to floor and brings his right boot through it - we are underway in Dublin!


13:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland face up to the Fijian pre-match challenge.

Right, kick-off imminent - will Ireland make it two wins from two?


12:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fiji produces a typically emotional version of “Meda Dau Doka“, some eyes shut, foreheads to the heavens.

Ireland’s two anthems get the crowd going, the Aviva not perhaps in the voice it was for the visit of South Africa last week, but certainly up for the challenge. Captain Tadhg Furlong roars out the final notes at the end of the Irish line.

Ireland vs Fiji

12:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Michael D Higgins is out on the Aviva Stadium turf, glad-handing with the two sides and match officials. Mathieu Raynal, he of the controversial call at the end of the Australia-New Zealand game during the summer, takes the whistle today after a late switch of referee having originally not been due to oversee a major fixture during this autumn.

But Jaco Peyper’s injury has opened the door; Chris Hart will assist from the TMO chair where required.

Ireland vs Fiji

12:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Right, this could be fascinating. Can this changed Ireland team show the same sort of cohesion that usually defines Andy Farrell’s side?

Vern Cotter stirs the pot

12:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Some wonderful pot stirring from Vern Cotter this week, with the Fiji coach claiming that Ireland would be using this game simply as a “training session” and were “barely looking at” Fiji with attention already on next week’s encounter against Australia.

Simon Easterby, Ireland’s defence coach, did not agree with that assessment, dismissing any suggestion that his side had overlooked the challenge facing them this afternoon.

"We’ve certainly invested plenty of time into understanding the threats they’ll pose, the opportunities that might present themselves if we play a certain way," said Easterby yesterday. "Believe me we’ve worked hard on making sure that these guys are prepped in the right way, as they would be for any international."

Captain Tadhg

12:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It will be a proud afternoon for Tadhg Furlong, the tighthead captaining a side at senior level for the first time. Furlong, who celebrates his 30th birthday on Monday, has overcome an ankle injury to start and admits it is an honour of which he “never dreamed”.

“I never even thought of it,” said the 29-year-old. “You know when you dream as a young fella, you want to play for Ireland, you want to play for Leinster, you want to play for the Lions – I never even dreamed of captaining Ireland.”

Tadhg Furlong ‘never even dreamed’ of being Ireland captain

Team News - Fiji

12:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Vilimoni Botitu drops out through injury, though Teti Tela may have started at fly-half anyway, with Ben Volavola back amongst things on the bench to give Cotter the option of a second specialist ten in the squad. Kini Murimurivalu is another absentee, with Setareki Tuicuvu shifting to full back and Jiuta Wainiqolo, one of many of this squad to have translated their sevens skills successfully to the French Top 14, worth watching on the right wing.

Adrea Cocagi is in line for a debut in the backs from the bench.

“We want to give everybody a try during these three test matches. There is an opportunity for everybody to play and grow,” said head coach Vern Cotter.

“We will have to step up against Ireland. There is three main access we are working on; we want to work on how we carry the ball and clean the ball so have to provide a fastball, we want to improve our defence and we want to be on top of our game in our set piece.

Fiji XV: E Mawi, S Matavesi, M Saulo; I Nasilasila, RL Rotuisolia; A Tuisue, L Botia, V Mata; F Lomani, T Tela; V Habosi, K Ravouvou, Waisea N (capt.), J Wainiqolo; S Tuicuvu.

Replacements: M Dolokoto, L Natave, L-R Atalifo, A Ratuniyarawa, J Dyer; S Kuruvoli, B Volavola, A Cocagi.

Flying Fijians Team for Dublin 🔥💪🏾#duavataveilomanirakavi pic.twitter.com/c6GJSVq0Ip

— Fiji Rugby Union (@fijirugby) November 11, 2022

Team News - Ireland

12:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

As expected, Andy Farrell does make a number of changes to the Ireland side that survived South Africa last weekend – though not, perhaps, as many as some predicted. Farrell said this week that a few of his fringe squad members had cost themselves an appearance by failing to impress for Ireland A against an All Blacks XV last week.

"People don’t just get a Test match when they’re not performing at their best," said the Ireland coach. "There is definitely an element of that."

There are still a handful of new faces, though: loosehead Jeremy Loughman makes his debut opposite captain Tadhg Furlong in the front row, while rangy forward Cian Prendergast and talented Munster playmaker Jack Crowley could do likewise from the bench. Jimmy O’Brien, so impressive on his first cap in the centres last week, begins at full back.

Ireland XV: J Loughman, R Herring, T Furlong (capt.); T Beirne, J Ryan; C Doris, N Timoney, J Conan; J Gibson-Park, J Carbery; M Hansen, S McCloskey, R Henshaw; R Baloucoune; J O’Brien.

Replacements: D Sheehan, C Healy, T O’Toole, C Prendergast, M Deegan, C Casey, J Crowley, G Ringrose.

Your Ireland line up to face Fiji at a sold-out Aviva Stadium! ✊#TeamOfUs | #IREvFIJI

— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 10, 2022

Ireland vs Fiji

12:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Right, on to this packed afternoon slate, and Ireland vs Fiji. Fiji showed some very, very good things in the first half against Scotland last week but this is a step up in standard, even if this is a rotated Irish side.

Let’s have a look at those two 23s...

Rugby World Cup final - Sarah Hunter hails ‘special group’ of Red Roses after England heartbreak

12:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England captain Sarah Hunter saluted a “special group” of Red Roses after the heartbreak of World Cup final defeat against New Zealand.

England went down 34-31, having played more than an hour with 14 on the field after Lydia Thompson was sent off in the 18th minute.

Despite facing the tournament hosts in front of a sold-out Eden Park a player down, Hunter was convinced her side, who led for much of the match, would find a way to come out on top.

Sarah Hunter hails ‘special group’ of Red Roses after England final heartbreak

Rugby World Cup final - England fall short as Black Ferns retain crown

12:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Just before we get going in Ireland, there has already been one thrilling game of rugby today, with England and New Zealand delivering a World Cup final to remember at Eden Park.

Heartbreak for England as New Zealand blast back to win World Cup

Autumn Nations Series - Ireland vs Fiji

12:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A very good afternoon. It’s the second week proper of the Autumn Nations Series and another long, enticing weekend of international rugby ahead.

The action begins in Dublin, where Fiji are in town hoping to cause a shock against a changed Irish side, with kick off an hour or so away.