Six Nations 2019: Scotland team to play England

Finn Russell

Gregor Townsend has named the Scotland team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Scotland team:
15 Sean Maitland
14 Darcy Graham
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 Byron McGuigan
10 Finn Russell
9 Ali Price

8 Magnus Bradbury
7 Hamish Watson
6 Sam Skinner
5 Grant Gilchrist
4 Ben Toolis
3 Willem Nel
2 Stuart McInally (c)
1 Allan Dell

16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris

What do you make of this lineup?

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

  1. I think the whole line up’s guilty M’Lud! Almost like a 2nd string 15. Admittedly don’t know the Scottush team that well, but I still don’t recognise 1/2 the backs, esp mid field, or b/row fwds. As they don’t have enough up front ballast to bother England & they’re away, their backs won’t get enough pill & what ball they do get, Russell will try for the lucky bounce & kick it away. What England’s nr ‘A’ team will learn from it all, I don’t know. What sort of game England will play, I don’t know. What I do know is, that it likely won’t matter. I expect that they’ll replicate the Irish tactics, however with a bit more variation, through their backline. Especially in the last 1/4, when the game’s afoot. Processional.

  2. Eddie Jones is being irrational yet again
    We need to beat Scotland on Saturday so why would he treat Cokanasiga as if he is any different from any of the other players
    We need all our resources to achieve a bonus point win over Scotland.
    Previous irrationalities
    Tour of South Afirica being oblivious to the effect of altitude in Johannesburg and BloemfonteinBloemfontein.
    The normal thing to do would be to make your base camp at altidude and not at sea level in Umshlanga Rocks on the Natal Coast.
    The pattern was the same in both games
    A brief flurry by England in the first 10 minutes but then succumbing to the Springboks in both matches.
    Irrationality 3
    The Wales match
    It was obvious that the kicking game was not working the first half and not doing anything to change the gameplan in the second half
    Eddy Jones “defended”his lack of action by saying he went to sleep in the second half

    1. Yes, but we’ve all been stating that EJ’s picks, tactics are irrational.. for too long. This has been obvious for some time, so why are we still stating the same stuff over & over? It is what it is & it just seems somewhat pointless to continue in this vein.

    2. Scotlands strengths are their backrow and back 3. Big Joe is quality going forward but could be exposed if Russell gets the ball wide. Nowell also does a lot more dirty work and will try and nullify the Scottish threat.

  3. Anyone know if Maitland has played much at fullback?

    As for the rest of the team, it’s not great for the Scots it terms of injuries, but Darcy Graham looks like a good new find and McGuigan is no slouch on the other wing

    Sam Johnson is a good centre, I don’t know much about Grigg

    Ali Price is a quick, good scrum half and just what Finn Russell needs. Kruis, Shield and co need to be in their faces all game as this where much of the danger will come from. Do not give Russell any time on the ball

    Back row looks good. Sam Skinner is a talent. Magnus Bradbury is big, powerful and probably the future for Scotland at 8. Hamish Watson is a one man wrecking ball, reminiscent of Sean O’Brien at his best – damn difficult to put down and a rock over the ball.He made a big difference when he came off the bench in the last match – in 15 mins he had 5 runs for 35 metres beating 10 defenders….

    Surprised at Gray on the bench but Gilchrist has been one of the finds of the 6 nations

    Front row – McInally is a very good hooker, Nel is a great scrum technician. I’d have thought this was a decent area for the Scots but they struggled against the Welsh, so they may have more issues on Sat.

    It’s not a bad team. I don’t think it’s a team to beat England at Twickenham, but stranger things have happened. Nel, Gilchrist, Watson and Russell will be absolutely key to how Scotland go.

    1. Maitland has played full back for Saracens before, and I think he played a tour game for the Lions there back in 2013?

      1. According to a Jock @ the bar, Maitland has indeed played @ f/back before, certainly @ club level, so you’ve therefore won the prize of a deep fried Mars bar Dazza! Happy days. Didn’t ask him about the Lions though, sorry. Otherwise, it could have been x2 DFMB’s! What a boogger!

  4. I agree with Pablito, I don’t think this team is as bad as people seem to think. Certainly they are missing a few key players but they will still pose a threat I reckon.


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