BBC to screen Japan v Scotland summer tests

BBC Scotland has secured the live television rights to Scotland’s two-Test series against Japan in June.

Vern Cotter’s side will face the Asian champions on Saturday, June 18 at Toyota Stadium, Toyota City, and the following Saturday at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

The two-Test series will be Scotland’s first two official Tests in Japan.

Both matches will also be played at venues that will host games at the next Rugby World Cup in 2019, and have a kick-off time of 11.20am.

After Japan’s historic World Cup win over South Africa last autumn, Cotter’s men emphatically defeated them 45-10 in their next to help ensure the Scots’ progression to the last eight.

Scotland finished fourth in the 2016 Six Nations with two victories, and will now test themselves against a country where rugby is going from strength to strength following their remarkable win over the Springboks.

Both Tests will be broadcast live and free-to-air on BBC Two Scotland, with online coverage via the BBC Sport website.

All other summer tour internationals featuring the Home Nations will be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The pay-TV broadcaster will screen Wales’ tour of New Zealand, England’s tour of Australia and Ireland’s trip to South Africa, with all three sides playing three Tests against their respective Southern Hemisphere opposition in June.