Ireland will face Japan at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 3rd July. This will be the first of two Test matches to be played by Ireland as part of the Vodafone Summer Series.
In their most recent meeting, the Brave Blossoms famously beat Ireland 19-12 during a Pool A match at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Overall, Ireland and Japan have faced each other on eight occasions, with Ireland winning seven matches and Japan winning just one match.
Ireland vs Japan Live Stream
|Event||Ireland vs Japan|
|Date||Saturday 3 July 2021 – kick off 1:00pm|
|Venue||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
The curtain-raiser to the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series in South Africa will host the partial capacity crowd following consultation with the Scottish Government and the application of agreed social distancing criteria to ensure fans can attend safely. It will be the first time supporters will be able to attend the home of Scottish Rugby to watch an international match since March 2020.
TV Coverage: Live on RTE (ROI) and Channel 4 (UK)
Ireland v Japan – Team Line-ups
Ireland Team:- Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Ryan (Captain), Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson Park, Joey Carbery, Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Chris Farrell, Jordan Larmour, Hugo Keenan
Replacements:- Rob Herring, Ed Byrne, John Ryan, Ryan Baird, Gavin Coombes, Craig Casey, Billy Burns, Shane Daly
Japan Team:- Keita Inagaki, Atsushi Sakate, Jiwon Koo, Wimpie van der Walt, James Moore, Michael Leitch (Captain), Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Naoto Saito, Yu Tamura, Siosaia Fifita, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Semisi Masirewa, Kotaro Matsushima
Replacements :- Kosuke Horikoshi, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Jack Cornelsen, Tevita Tatafu, Kaito Shigeno, Rikiya Matsuda, Shane Gates