There's still plenty to play for in Pool D to progress in the Rugby World Cup knock-out stages


This match is simply huge. England are running away with it in Rugby World Cup Pool D, but there’s still a big chance to qualify behind them so you’ll want to watch a Japan v Samoa live stream that starts soon! This article explains how you can view the game wherever you are, including details of how to watch for FREE on ITV4 and ITVX in the UK,l.

Stadium de Toulouse is hosting the encounter that kicks off at 8:00pm (BST) tonight.  If you’re watching from outside your country and want to follow the game in the company of your home broadcaster, you can use a VPN to watch Japan v Samoa FOR FREE from abroad via ExpressVPN.

Japan and Samoa have both won one of their two Rugby World Cup games so far, and a victory for either today will keep the pressure firmly on Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites to qualify from Pool D.

So make sure you do not miss out on an Japan v Samoa live stream by following the information below. We have details of all the Rugby World Cup fixtures and how to watch them right here, and if you scroll down to the end of the article you can find the kick-off time where you are.

Watch Japan v Samoa

Samoa’s Christian Lealiifano challenges for a high ball against Japan.

Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream for FREE in the UK

ITV have the exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup to UK audiences. Coverage of Japan v Samoa gets underway at 7:15pm (BST) on ITV4, ahead of an 8:00pm kick-off.

You can also stream for free on ITVX via your computer or smart device. ITVX has an amazing app that works on almost all your smart devices, so just search for the app on any device, phone or console you have.

If you’re outside of the UK, but want your usual coverage, it’s best to check out ExpressVPN and follow the instructions below. As well as a VPN, you’ll need a valid TV licence to watch ITVX when abroad.

How to watch a Japan v Samoa live stream from outside your country

If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup action from your country’s broadcaster, but are abroad, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

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

Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.

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Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream from South Africa

If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. Build-up is underway and the match kicks off at 9:00pm South Africa Standard Time.

There are various SuperSport packages available, whether you want to watch via DStv or stream.

Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream for FREE from Ireland

In Ireland, coverage of World Cup matches is being shared between RTÉ and Virgin Media Television.

Japan v Samoa will be available FOR FREE on RTÉ and RTÉ Player. Coverage starts at 7:30pm ahead of the 8:00pm kick-off (Irish Standard Time).

If you’re going to be away from home, you can use ExpressVPN to watch Japan v Samoa FOR FREE from abroad.

Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream from the USA

For those who live in the United States, Japan v Samoa kicks-off at 3:00pm (ET), 12:00pm (PT) today.

NBC Sports will be streaming all 48 matches, including Japan v Samoa, on their Peacock Premium streaming service, which is available for $5.99 per month.

Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream from Australia

In Australia, the Stansport streaming platform is showing all 48 Rugby World Cup matches, ad-free, live and on demand.

Japan v Samoa kicks off at 5:00am this morning, with coverage getting underway at 4:45am.

It costs $15 a month to add Stan Sport to your general Stan plan. There is also a 30-day free trial available so you can give it a run out first, though this does not apply to Stan Sport.

Watch Japan v Samoa: live stream from New Zealand

To catch this match, rugby fans in New Zealand will need to be up in time for a 8:00am kick-off today. Sky Sport NZ is the place to go. A Rugby World Cup 2023 Pass is available for $89.99, giving you access to all 48 matches live and on demand.

Watch Japan v Samoa live stream: live stream for FREE from Europe

World Rugby’s RugbyPass TV streaming service is providing English language Rugby World Cup live streams FOR FREE in Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Slovakia and Ukraine.

TF1 have the broadcast rights in France – however, they have also agreed a sub-licensing deal for 28 of the 48 matches with commercial broadcaster M6 and public-service broadcaster France Télévisions as well. Kick off is at 9:00pm French time.

In Italy, Rai and Sky Italia are sharing the rights to show the World Cup. Japan v Samoa kicks off at 9:00pm in Italy.

Watch Japan v Samoa live stream: live stream for FREE from Asia

World Rugby’s RugbyPass TV streaming service is providing Rugby World Cup live streams FOR FREE in China, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Korea, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.

beIN Sports is the place to go to watch a Japan v Samoa live stream in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. All 48 matches of the tournament will be available on the beIN Sports Connect app, and on dedicated pop-up channel beIN Sports Rugby.

In some countries (including Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines), Rugby World Cup matches are not included as part of your usual BeIN Sports subscription. To watch the tournament, you’ll need to pay for an additional RWC Pass, which will give you access to all the matches. (Prices vary by country.)

Watch Japan v Samoa live stream: kick-off times

UK: 8:00pm
South Africa: 9:00pm
3:00pm (ET), 12:00pm (PT)
5:00am (AEST), Friday 29 September
New Zealand:
8:00am, Friday 29 September

Japan v Samoa: team line-ups

JAPAN: Semisi Masirewa; Kotaro Matsushima, Dylan Riley, Ryoto Nakamura, Jone Naikabula; Rikiya Matsuda, Yutaka Nagare; Keita Inagaki, Atsushi Sakate, Jiwon Gu; Jack Cornelsen, Amato Fakatava; Michael Leitch, Kanji Shimokawa, Kazuki Himeno (captain)

Replacements: Shota Horie, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Warner Dearns, Shota Fukui, Naoto Saito, Tomoki Osada, Lomano Lemeki

CHILE: Inaki Ayarza; Santiago Videla, Domingo Saavedra, Matias Garafulic, Franco Velarde; Rodrigo Fernandez, Marcelo Torrealba; Javier Carrasco, Diego Escobar, Matias Dittus; Clemente Saavedra, Javier Eissmann; Martín Sigren (captain), Raimundo Martínez, Alfonso Escobar

Replacements: Augusto Bohme, Salvador Lues, Inaki Gurruchaga, Pablo Huete, Santiago Pedrero, Ignacio Silva, Lukas Carvallo, José Ignacio Larenas

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