It is Ireland’s penultimate pool game as they look to respond to their shock defeat against hosts Japan.
After a shock 19-12 defeat to Japan in their last Rugby World Cup match, Ireland will be looking to send out a statement of intent when they face Japan in a Pool A clash in Kobe.
The headline news from the Ireland team sheet is the return of Johnny Sexton, who captains Joe Schmidt’s team from flyhalf.
Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls and Peter O’Mahony are the only players who started against Japan to keep their places.
As quoted by RTÉ, Schmidt admitted that not giving Ringrose a rest was a risky decision, but backed his outside centre to deal with the circumstances
When is it?
Tomorrow – Thursday, October 3.
What time is kick-off?
The game gets under way in Kobe at 11.15am.
What TV channel is it on?
There is live coverage on ITV1. Alternatively you can bookmark this page and return on matchday to follow all the action with our dedicated live blog.
What are the remaining fixtures?
- Ireland v Samoa, Fukuoka, Saturday October 12
- Scotland v Russia, Shizuoka, Wednesday October 9
What are the results so far?
- Ireland 27 Scotland 3, Yokohama
- Japan 19 Ireland 12, Shizuoka
- Japan 30 Russia 10, Tokyo
- Russia 9 Samoa 34, Kumagaya
What are the odds?
- Ireland 1/500
- Russia 50/1
- Draw 100/1