England team named for Scotland clash

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England have named an unchanged starting XV and replacements’ bench for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.

It is the first time in 23 matches that Stuart Lancaster has been able to name an unchanged 23. Matt Mullan will travel with the squad as 24th man.

England have not scored more than 15 points at Murrayfield since 2004 and Lancaster knows a tough assignment awaits as he seeks to get a first win of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.

He said: “It’s good to be able to select the same players and they are all determined to put last week’s result behind us and build on the performance. Scotland will be hugely motivated by their defeat in Dublin and, as we found two years ago, Murrayfield is a tough place to play.”

England to face Scotland at Murrayfield, Saturday, (kick-off 5pm GMT)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 22 caps)
14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 20 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 43 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 16 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 51 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 44 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 15 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 26 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 24 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain, 22 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 6 caps)

16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 11 caps)
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 3 caps)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 6 caps)
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 16 caps)
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 13 caps)
22 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 17 caps)
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 14 caps)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

13 thoughts on “England team named for Scotland clash

  1. I’ve chosen to ignore the bench and appreciate the fact that the starting XV is spot on.

    Come On England!

  2. Great starting XV!

    I have actually had a massive change of heart about the bench as well. Due to the state of the pitch and the likelyhood of rain it is going to be a very tight game and not the sort that would let Ford or Watson show their true capabilities. We have a shocking record at Murryfield and has lost more games than we’ve won so can kind of understand SL being over cautious. Actually think that the Ireland and Wales games will be much more open and they are far better games to blood these 2 in,


  3. It’s an interesting one for sure. Scotland are wounded, and playing at home. England are wounded and playing away! Not sure which one is more dangerous?!
    Scotland did a lot of things well last week against Ireland, but failed to finish off any opportunities. England did a lot of things well, and finished off some opportunities, so based on this and our better breakdown work, you would like to think we should win it, but as someone else pointed out, Murrayfield is not a great hunting ground for us.

  4. Despite the form book, I have been to watch England at Murrayfield many times, and I find it very hard to be very optimistic.

    My experiences of watching England there very much cloud my usual optimism which ought to flow, following the teams performance in Paris.

  5. Given Paris this game is huge!We cannot afford to lose and will define our chances against Wales and Ireland let alone the tour down under.I just hope that is how the players see it.I think we will shade it and it is absolutely vital we do.At least Chris R has said no more excuses we have to start winning.I applaud his comments

  6. The Scotland team has been announced, and it is utter garbage. I’m not going to say anything about our chances for fear of being accused of arrogance, and the mocker gods. But Ford is starting and the captain’s been dropped completely. Draw your own conclusions…

  7. After the widespread criticism of the england selection and the potential for may to be off early ( Scottish elbow in first ruck ) could the bench be a sign of SL ego post criticism from SCW against his selection and use of substitutions? Certainly think given the probable conditions he may have altered I.e. specialist 10 cover.

  8. If i was the a scot id be flying in at owen farrel because id be licking my lips if 12ts or goode had to take over at 10 in a tight game in poor conditions id fancy my chances very much so be that as it may strong english pack should get the job done.

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