The Summer Nations Series continues with a World Cup warm-up match in Stadio Comunale di Monigo this evening


It’s a battle of two teams set to face some big nations in their Rugby World Cup pools, so there will be lots of fans keen to watch an Italy v Japan live stream. This article provides all the vital viewing details you need to make sure you don’t miss out on this intriguing Summer Nations Series clash in Treviso.

Amazon Prime Video is broadcasting the Summer Nations Series in the UK, showing 15 matches exclusively, including this World Cup warm-up kicking off at 5:30pm (BST) today. If you’re away from your home country, you can use a VPN to watch an Italy v Japan live stream from abroad via ExpressVPN.

Italy (who face both New Zealand and France in their challenging Rugby World Cup pool) lost to Scotland and Ireland this summer before thrashing Romania on their previous outing. Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has made four changes to the side who defeated Romania last weekend, with Tommaso Allan, Stephen Varney, Lorenzo Cannone and Federico Ruzza coming into the starting line-up.

Japan defeated Tonga in July but lost to Samoa before being humbled by Fiji earlier this month. Head coach Jamie Joseph has brought former captain Michael Leitch (about to play in his fourth World Cup) back into the side following suspension. It’s one of six changes in the pack, while Yutaka Nagare and Lee Seung-sin come in at half back.

An Italy v Japan live stream will make intriguing viewing on what looks set to be a dry and very warm evening in Treviso, so check out the information below to make sure you do not miss out on the action. We also have a full list of fixtures for the Rugby World Cup warm-ups, and details of other Summer Nations Series live streams.


Japan are in England’s World Cup pool (Getty Images)

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from the UK and Ireland

Italy v Japan is being shown live on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. Kick off is at 5:30pm (BST) today (Saturday 26 August), and the build-up will start from 5:20pm on the streaming service.

Coverage can be accessed as part of an Amazon Prime subscription. New customers can give the service a go with a 30-day free trial.

In Ireland, most Summer Nations Series games – including Italy v Japan – are available to watch on Premier Sports. Visit the Premier Sports website for details on how to sign up.

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from outside your country

If you are away from home and want to catch the games from another country then you can do so by using a VPN.

A VPN, or Virtual Personal Network, is a piece of software which offers both online privacy and the ability to change your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV like you would back at home while in another country.

Our colleagues over at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPNs and recommend ExpressVPN which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from South Africa

For viewers in South Africa, Supersport is the place to go to watch a Summer Nations Series live stream. Italy v Japan coverage starts at 6:20pm, kick off 6.30pm (SA Standard Time).

Visit for details on how to subscribe.

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from Australia

Night owl fans in Australia can watch Italy v Japan on StanSport. Coverage starts at 2:20am (AEST), ahead of the 2:30am kick-off.

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from New Zealand

If you’re in New Zealand, Sky Sports NZ is where you can watch selected Summer Nations Series matches, including Italy v Japan.

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from the USA

FloRugby has the rights to stream Summer Nations Series live for fans in the USA, including Italy v Japan.

A FloRugby monthly subscription costs $29.99 or you can take out an annual one for $150.

How to watch Italy v Japan: live stream from Asia

Premier Sports Asia has the rights to broadcast Summer Nations Series matches in Asia and will show matches in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (Republic of China), Thailand and Vietnam.

A monthly subscription to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or a rolling annual contract is $169.

For more information, visit Premier Sports Asia.

Italy v Japan teams

Italy: Tommaso Allan, Ange Capuozzo, Juan Ignacio Brex, Luca Morisi, Montanna Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Ivan Nemer, Giacomo Nicotera, Simone Ferrari, Niccolo Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Michele Lamaro, Lorenzo Cannone

Replacements: Luca Bigi, Danilo Fischetti, Pietro Ceccarelli, Dino Lamb, Giovanni Pettinelli, Manuel Zuliani, Martin Page-Relo, Paolo Odogwu

Japan: Kotaro Matsushima, Semisi Masirewa, Dylan Riley, Tomoki Osada, Jone Naikabula, Seungshin Lee, Yutaka Nagare; Craig Millar, Shota Horie, Jiwon Gu, Jack Cornelsen, Uwe Helu, Michael Leitch, Shota Fukui, Kazuki Himeno

Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Ai Valu, Amanaki Saumaki, Ben Gunter, Naoto Saito, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryoto Nakamura

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