Japan squad paid just £13 per day as they prepare to face England

Japan's players ahead of their International Test match against New Zealand's All Blacks in Tokyo on November 3, 2018. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Japan face an almost impossible task as they prepare to face England at Twickenham at Saturday, as highlighted the astonishing pay-gap between the two teams revealed by Brave Blossoms head coach Jamie Joseph.

While England's players receive around £25,000 for each Test match, Japan's squad of amateurs are paid the equivalent of £13 per day while they are away on tour.

"Our home-based players are amateurs, they are employees of companies, and receive 2000 yen [£13] a day,'' Joseph told reporters in London on Monday.

"Our professional players, the foreign-based players, don't get paid for playing for Japan. If you put that all together, we have got different motivators and we just want to get out and leave our footprint behind. To be here and play a team like England is a great opportunity for a footy team and a footy player."

Japan haven't played England since the 1987 Rugby World Cup as the teams continue their preparations ahead of next year's tournament.

Hosts Japan were thrashed by a second-string New Zealand side in Tokyo earlier this month, and face a similar challenge against England on Saturday.

England's Eddie Jones said Japan will need to "go to the temple and pray" ahead of the clash against the team he coached from 2012 to 2015.