Stuart Lancaster has kept the faith with the squad that narrowly lost in Paris last weekend for England’s game against Scotland on Saturday, but many were calling for the inclusion of young fly-half George Ford for the Calcutta Cup clash.
With no recognised fly-half option on the bench, should an injury befall Owen Farrell either Alex Goode or Billy Twelvetrees, both of whom can play 10 but feature more regularly elsewhere, would be press-ganged into action – a risky strategy if England’s first choice were to suffer an early injury.
With tough tests to come against Ireland and Wales, this weekend’s game against Scotland seemed like the obvious chance to introduce Ford to the international rugby arena.
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