What time do international rugby matches kick off today? TV channels and live stream info – Wales Online

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A jam-packed summer schedule of international rugby officially kicks off on Saturday, with each of the home nations in action against the southern hemisphere giants.

Here’s your round-up of all major Test rugby matches taking place this weekend, as well as details on how you can catch all of the action:

Japan v France

Japan host France in their first encounter in nearly five years as part of a two-Test summer meet-up.

Les Bleus are unbeaten in their last four games with the hosts, winning their first three meetings by an average margin of 20 points, although the two sides did share a draw the last time they met: a 23-23 stalemate back in November 2017. Charles Ollivon will captain the French for this tour of Japan as he continues his return to the international stage.

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What time is Japan v France kick-off and what TV channel is it on?

Japan v France kicks off at 7am (UK time) on Saturday, July 2. Fans can catch all of the action on Premier Sports 1. Coverage starts at 6.50am, and can be live streamed via the Premier Player.

New Zealand v Ireland

Ireland will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing start to their summer international tour of New Zealand this weekend as they take on the All Blacks at Eden Park in the first of three Tests on Saturday.

A makeshift Ireland line-up were well-beaten by the Maori All Blacks in a warm-up match earlier this week, in a game that will perhaps have come as a cause for concern to boss Andy Farrell, who watched on as his side slumped to 32-17 defeat.

What time is New Zealand v Ireland kick-off and what TV channel is it on?

New Zealand v Ireland kicks off at Eden Park at 8.05am BST on Saturday, July 2. You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 7.30am, or live stream it via the Sky Sports app.

Australia v England

England head to Australia on the back of a disappointing Six Nations campaign and a chastening defeat to the Barbarians last month. There is plenty of pressure on boss Eddie Jones heading into the three-match series with the Wallabies, with the small matter of a 2023 Rugby World Cup also on the horizon.

The last time England were down under, back in 2016, they notched up an impressive 3-0 series whitewash and Jones will be hoping for similar success this time round as he bids to ease the pressure.

What time is Australia v England kick-off and what TV channel is it on?

Australia v England kicks off at 10.55am BST on Saturday, July 2. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 10.15am.

South Africa v Wales

Wales head to Pretoria for the opening Test in their three-match series against world champions South Africa, with visiting boss Wayne Pivac well aware of the stern test that awaits his side. The men in red have never beaten the Springboks on South African soil and have come out on top in just six of the last 37 meetings between the two sides overall.

Having lifted the World Cup in 2019, South Africa have since tasted victory over the British and Irish Lions last summer and will be hoping for further success as they run out in front of a sold-out home crowd at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

What time is South Africa v Wales kick-off and what TV channel is it on?

South Africa v Wales kicks off at 4.05pm BST/5.05pm local time on Saturday, July 2. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 3.30pm.

Argentina v Scotland

Scotland also have a three-match series this summer, taking on an Argentina side under the guidance of new coach Michael Cheika. This is the Pumas’ first home game since 2019 and the hosts will no doubt be keen on giving their home supporters something to cheer about against Gregor Townsend’s side.

Scotland have won all of their last five games against Argentina, but will be without a number of stars for this clash, including Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris.

What time is Argentina v Scotland kick-off and what TV channel is it on?

Argentina v Scotland kicks off in San Salvador at 8.10pm BST on Saturday, July 2. You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 7.30pm.

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