Scotland beat France 32-26 in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on 11 February
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has called on his side to produce their “best-ever performance” to beat England in the Six Nations on Saturday.
The Scots have not won against England for ten years and Townsend says his squad need to deliver against the auld enemy at Murrayfield.
He told BBC Scotland: “It is great for our players to test themselves against the best. We play the number two team in the world this week and the number three team [Ireland] away in two weeks, which is what you want.
“You can tell when the players are preparing, it is a top team we are playing against. It is England. We have got to deliver our best in training this week, and when it comes to Saturday afternoon, we have got to deliver our best-ever performance.
“It will be a great atmosphere, as it has been for any game over the last couple of seasons, especially since November. But the England game is that extra bit special. We just have to make sure the crowd are cheering at the end as well as the beginning.”
England coach Eddie Jones has made one change for the clash against Scotland with Nathan Hughes replacing Sam Simmonds at No.8.
The Wasps star has been out of action with a knee injury since December and Jones has praised the 26-year-old for getting back to full fitness.
Speaking to the England Rugby website, Jones said: “Nathan Hughes has worked hard on his fitness. I’ve never seen him in better physical condition so we are looking forward to him playing. Nathan has a key role in defence and in us gaining momentum in attack.”
After winning their opening two matches of the championship, England head to Edinburgh level on points with Ireland at the top of the Six Nations table. Scotland lost their first game against Wales but hit back to beat France on 11 February.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 22, 2018
The Scots have named an unchanged team and Jones says England must be “relentless” against a strong attack. He added: “We are really excited about this game and we will need to be very tough and relentless in our defence to keep the pressure on this Scottish team.
“They are renowned for their attack so we will need to put pressure on them, create opportunities through our defence for our attack, and convert those opportunities to points.
“Our preparation over the last two weeks has been important in that it has allowed us to regenerate the players, improve the fitness of some and to get a clear understanding on how we will play this weekend.”
Scotland vs. England: match guide
- When: Saturday, 24 February
- Where: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Time: 4.45pm
- TV channel: live on BBC
Team news: Scotland name an unchanged team for the Calcutta Cup clash with England at Murrayfield. Head coach Gregor Townsend selects the same players who beat France 32-26 on 11 February. England make one change with Nathan Hughes replacing Sam Simmonds at No.8. Prop Joe Marler is on the bench after returning from suspension.
Scotland vs. England (according to Oddschecker)
- Scotland to win: 11/4
- England to win: 2/5
- Draw: 28/1