Fans can now watch more international stars of the game on RugbyPass TV after Japan Rugby League One was added to the channel’s impressive squad of competitions.

From today, two matches per round will be shown live and free on RugbyPass TV everywhere except for Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia and Africa.

The action will kick off with a mouth-watering encounter between league-leading Saitama Wild Knights and the team that won the 2023 League One title Kubota Spears at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium (kick-off 19:00 local time, GMT+9).


Friday’s match showcases a wealth of test talent, with Men’s Rugby World Cup winners Lood de Jager and Damian de Allende taking on a Spears team boasting former All Blacks hooker Dane Coles.

Robbie Deans’ Wild Knights head into the match with a four-point cushion at the top of the standings and their sights set on avenging their League One final defeat to the Spears last May.

At the end of the 16-round regular season, the top four teams contest semi-finals, with the winners qualifying for a final in which an overall champion is crowned.

The Wild Knights are 17 points clear of Yokohama Canon Eagles in fifth with six matches to play, while the Spears are a further three points back in sixth.


On Saturday, Tokyo Sungoliath and Yokohama Canon Eagles – two teams with play-off aspirations of their own – go head-to-head in Tokyo (kick-off 14:30 local time, GMT+9).

Double Rugby World Cup-winner Cheslin Kolbe has been named on the left wing for Sungoliath and will be joined in the home side’s back-three by Japan full-back Kotaro Matsushima.

Sungoliath currently sit third in the standings with six rounds of the regular season to play and will be hoping for victory against fifth-placed Canon Eagles as they bid to qualify for the four-team end-of-season play-offs.

Canon Eagles begin round 11 outside of the top four on points difference alone. Legendary Japan international Yu Tamura will pull the strings from fly-half.

For a full list of upcoming Japan Rugby League One matches to be shown live and free on RugbyPass TV, please click here.