Published: Sun, February 09, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Six Nations: Magnus Bradbury back for Scotland's Six Nations battle with England

Six Nations: Magnus Bradbury back for Scotland's Six Nations battle with England

The Saracens back included a fine inside the last 5 mins as well as although Hastings maintained Scotland's fat chances of having the ability to nab a draw active with a 78 th- min fine, England had the ability to shut the video game out as well as recover the Calcutta Cup for the very first time because 2017.

So what could each side earn from today's clash?

England is out to revive its title ambitions, and regain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2017.

Jones will be hoping that the changes to the pack provide more firepower to his side's ball-carrying, particularly with Mako Vunipola coming in for Marler and Lewis Ludlam for Lawes.

England opened their campaign with a defeat to France in Paris with a number of fans calling for reinforcements particularly at no.8 after the defeat.

As happened in their World Cup final loss to South Africa, England were denied the early try that has been a hallmark of many of their recent wins, notably the impressive semi-final victory over New Zealand, by France in Paris.

Head coach Gregor Townsend was encouraged by his side's performance against Ireland but warned of a response from an England side smarting from an opening defeat to France.

Stuart Hogg will lead out Scotland for the first time at Murrayfield on Saturday
Stuart Hogg left will lead out Scotland for the first time at Murrayfield on Saturday

"Consistency is a challenge for every team", said Jones.

Jones obviously has a good recollection of England's last trip north when they lost 25-13 in 2018.

It was a tactic used to great effect by South Africa at the World Cup, including in the 32-12 demolition of England in the final, and was dubbed the "Bomb Squad". "Sometimes these things need to be learned". "If you didn't want it, you don't do this job".

Now Jones, who has since recruited Springbok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot, has opted for a similar selection and he believes it will be a key factor in combating the Scots, particularly at the breakdown, and in England's ability to convert pressure into points.

Finn Russell, the inspiration for Scotland's 25-13 win over England at Murrayfield in 2018 and their stunning recovery from 31-0 down in a 38-38 draw at Twickenham previous year, remains in the cold.

"I spoke to [Russell] on Sunday night to let him know we wouldn't be making any changes to the squad and that I would reassess after this weekend's game", Townsend said. "We've got an obvious game-plan against them".

"It was probably my first insight into the emotion of the occasion and I was probably a bit naive to it before, getting booed off the bus and seeing the reaction of the Scotland players when they won, seeing the crowd and how much it means to everyone up here".

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