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The British and Irish Lions will raise the curtain for their summer tour on Saturday afternoon with a historic match against Japan.

It will be the first time the two teams have faced off and 16,500 fans will watch on in the Scottish rugby stadium's first event with supporters back.

Japan will use this match as valuable game time as they haven't played since the World Cup in 2019 due to Covid restrictions.

While the Lions will use it to build to their three tests against world champions South Africa next month.

Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph will be hoping his side causes more upsets as they have at World Cups.

Jamie Joseph is excited about Japan's opportunity to play the Lions
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He said: “The brand of rugby that we play in Japan is based on the type of players that we have.

“We played differently to a lot of the other teams at the World Cup which created a big following for us, not just within Japan but outside it too.

“But if I was coaching a different team and their skill set lent itself to a different type of rugby, then that’s the type of rugby we would play.

“It has always been like that in Japan. We are a lot smaller than most international sides, but we are very determined with a high skill level and high fitness levels.”

Japan shocked the world after they defeated South Africa in 2015 and secured victories over Scotland and Ireland in 2019.

And Lions head coach Warren Gatland has said it will be a great opportunity to get their own back.

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He said: "For some of the Irish and Scottish players who were beaten by Japan in the World Cup, it’s an opportunity for them to get one back on Japan.

“The most important thing is that we start the tour off on the right foot and we set out our stall by having a good performance that we can keep building on.”

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What time is Lions vs Japan?

Kick-off for the international fixture is 3pm on Saturday, June 26 and will take place at Murrayfield stadium in front of 16,500 fans.

TV channel and live stream details

The match will be shown on Channel 4 with coverage beginning at 2.15pm.

Team news and line-ups

The team line-ups for the match have been revealed.

The Lions have had to make two changes since they announced their starting XV as Hamish Watson suffered a concussion and Zander Fagerson had a back spasm.

So Justin Tipuric and Tadhg Furlong have come into the mix.

England: Williams; Adams, Henshaw, Aki, Van der Merwe; Biggar, Murray; Sutherland, Owens, Furlong, Henderson, AW Jones (C), Beirne, Tipuric, Conan.

While Japan haven't reported any injuries and so have a full-strength squad to take on the Lions.

Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Fifita; Tamura, Shigeno; Inagaki, Sakate, Koo, Van der Walt, Moore, Leitch (C), Labuschagne, Mafi.