Six Nations 2019: England team to play Scotland

Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Scotland in their last 2019 Guinness Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium (KO 5pm live on ITV).

There are four changes to the starting XV that lined up against Italy last week. In the backs, Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) replaces Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby) on the right wing and Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) replaces Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) who drops to the bench.

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs) swaps with Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) in the front row while Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) comes in for Brad Shields (Wasps) who is named as a finisher.

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) will pick up his 85th cap for his country on Saturday and will become England’s most capped scrum half of all time moving ahead of Danny Care (Harlequins).

Eddie Jones said: “It is the last week of the tournament so it’s exciting. It will be a fascinating finish to the Championship with three teams that can win it and we are playing against one of our most traditional foes in Scotland for the Calcutta Cup. We have had a good preparation and the side is going to be in a great state to play against Scotland on Saturday.

“Scotland is a difficult side, they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow. Finn Russell is an exceptional player at 10 and they have got some pace on the outside so we are going to have to defend really well against them.”

On Ben Youngs’ record he added: “It is a fantastic achievement, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work and something he and his family will be really proud of. I am sure he will do the shirt great justice out there on Saturday.”

England starting XV (523 caps)
15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 29 caps)
14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps)
13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)
12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)
11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 44 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 69 caps) (captain)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 84 caps)

1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 36 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 21 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 57 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 31 caps)
6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 12 caps)
7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 9 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 40 caps)

Finishers (203 caps)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 10 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps)
18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 84 caps)
19 Brad Shields (Wasps, 7 caps)
20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 21 caps)
21 Ben Spencer (Saracens, 2 caps)
22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
23 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 17 caps)

25 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: England team to play Scotland

  1. A safety first, get the job done selection. That’s fine if all goes to plan but there is a distinct lack of X factor on that bench if plan A goes mammaries.

  2. Add Maro and Mako – that’s the World Cup 15. Bench needs some work though.

    Hope the Scots put up a fight but this should be a clear win.

    1. JK – was pretty much thinking the same although I think Watson would be starting if everyone was fit.

      Possible RWC bench then of Cole, Cowan Dickie, Genge, Lawes, Shields, Care, Ford and Nowell, giving 23 of the 31 man squad.

      I guess three more front rowers will go. Moon, Hartley and Williams leaving 5 places left for the likes of Launchbury, Underhill, Hughes, Robson, Teo, Ashton, and anyone else that I might have forgotten anyone.

      1. Jack Willis for a late run to the squad? He was dominating games before getting injured and is straight back into that form. Would love to see him make it, brilliant bench cover for the whole back row.

  3. Interesting Big Joe is dropped altogether. I can only posit that this is because of his defence, both of Italy’s tries came on his wing, and Nowell is a markedly better defender than JC.

    Agree with the above, lack of X-Factor bench. No true replacement 2nd row, no speed merchants to come on. Is it due to rain on Saturday? Maybe that’s why….horses for courses and all that, perhaps a tighter game is expected.

  4. Really puzzled by Teo on the bench. Not sure what he brings as a change up and he provides little cover in case of injury ( 12 or 13 only).
    What happens if one of the back three gets injured? Manu on the wing? Great…

  5. Another worrying selection from EJ.

    Hughes we’ve all discussed but why in the name of God’s green earth has he dropped Joe C altogether???

    I can understand wanting to get game time for Nowell and he would probably be my starting choice for his overall ability, defence and work rate.

    But Te’o on the bench adds exactly nothing and covers just one position – centre. A position that is also covered by Daly, Farrell and Nowell.

    Cokasaniga coming on at 60 mins would have put the fear of God into the Scots – especially as they have so many injuries in the back 3

    So frustrating

  6. Ok i’ll admit I thought Nowell maybe Big Joe was on the bench and though Wilson was to even though i’m pleased he is starting.

    Fecking Nathan Hughes though i’d pick my Gran over him and she died two years ago and no back line cover really.

  7. FFS Eddie….drop MOTM big Joe as he needs some work on his defence, yet keep Hughes who is rubbish at this level. As with thousands of others (i expect) I would have loved to see JC coming on at 60min and tearing up the Scots no doubt on tiring legs by that stage. B…..cks to this.

    1. DarthMaul – Amen brother, I was always the same with Christian Wade yes no the best defender but 60 minutes to go with that pace, lets hope the same don’t happen to Joe.

      And god forbid we have a plan B this time if plan A don’t work as losing to the Scots at home, let away never sits well with me.

  8. Fully agree Big Joe too risky to start coz of his defence.Although Shields playing a lot better I prefer Wilson’s teak Hard toughness and this imho is our best back row.Hughes fully agree with everyone else-not much of a loss to Wasps.
    A convincing win required to provide evidence to all we are a serious contender in Japan.A stuttering performance will convince no one

  9. I think EJ needs to revert to calling them subs not finishers. I can’t see the bench come on and change the game.

  10. Should be good enough for Scotland, but won’t be good enough to win a WC, though with Mako and Itoje back and Lawes instead of Shields to provide cover for 5 and 6, plus Underhill or Symonds, it would look a stronger squad. EJ obviously thinks Scotland are going to get enough ball for their back three to be a problem otherwise don’t understand why Coka is not in the squad. Hope this does not mean we are going to revert to kick and chase, though with Youngs still at 9 I can’t see us putting the ball through hands too much.

  11. Guilty as the rest in trying to fathom Jones’ ‘reasoning’ behind some of his picks & about turns. Waste of time thoughl. Jones is an irrational law unto himself & that’s the way he is. Anyway, the beating of a depleted Scotland is likely to prove little more difficult than the Italian game. Doubt a full strength Scots’ team would trouble England too much @ Twickenham either. Makes no sense to drop Cocka. Can’t help his morale, but he’s not the real issue. The 1/2’s are. Jones doesn’t see it this way though, but where does England’s innovation come from? Storing up a WC issue for me, but it will unlikely
    be an issue on Sat. England by 30? We’ll see.

  12. England will beat Scotland, as long as they don’t do a France and decide not to turn up.
    That isn’t a criticism of Scotland, as they are under strength. If they had, even just Stewart Hogg, I think they would have beaten the Welsh, from what they exhibited in the second half last week.
    I can see Ireland taking the win with the return of Kearney and O’Brian.
    So we win the tournament on points difference.
    All feels a bit underwhelming on a Friday evening. No doubt I’ll feel differently on Saturday evening, one way or the other.

    1. Why would England ‘not turn up’ Sharpy? And what does that actually mean? Are you stating that they ‘turned up’ v Ireland for instance, but not v Wales? If so, surely it’s not a ? of ‘turning up’ or not, but rather a 1 of adapting to what’s happening tactically, on the field, @ the time? Is it not?

  13. Oh, on another note, I hear Nathan has signed for my club Bristol. 10 steps forward getting Piutau 9 steps back sighning Hughes!,,,ugh

  14. Don, my interpretation of England’s inability to adapt and under perform, is to use the terminology “ not turning up”.
    This is not the first time England have lacked a plan B and it probably won’t be the last.
    It frustrates me that by the end of the second week in this competition we were the strongest team and should have gone on to win it without dropping a game.
    Now we may still win the whole thing but that is poor consolation for what could have been a great shift in momentum in the only year that matters.

    Regarding Hughes, he is no where near the player he was 5 years ago when he burst on the scene.
    Bristol want to throw the ball around, that’s how they are coached and I don’t see where he fits.
    He is not dynamic,thinks he can run over people from a standing start and he’s not fit.

  15. Ok Sharpy, so is ‘not turning up’ down to Jones’ lack of foresight, planning, including flexiblity within a game plan to adapt to unfolding circumstances then? Also due to Farrell’s lack of nous to change the way the team played, i.e., by holding on to possession, during the 2nd 1/2, v Wales?

    Surely Lam is more switched on than to buy a ‘pup’ in Hughes? I’m not nec advocating Hughes as a special player, but if he is as inept as you contend & won’t fit Bristol’s style, why has Lam bought him? I perceive Lam as a daily astute coach, esp with his record @ Connacht. Hughes must have some merit, surely? Just doesn’t make sense otherwise.

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