Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for Scotland

Eddie Jones

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has retained 25 players ahead of England’s next Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday in Edinburgh.

Both Manu Tuilagi and Anthony Watson will return to their clubs to continue their rehabilitation.

Forwards
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)
Owen Farrell (Saracens
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

27 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for Scotland

  1. A better rounded squad I think, accounting for the enforced absences. Hopefully Earl starts at 8 alongside Curry and Underhill; the back row was so unbalanced and poor last week it has to change.

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    1. Hate to disappoint you but Eddie has said it is a long term project to turn Curry into an 8 and Proudfoot has said he has to prepare him better to play 8 this weekend. So we could get a good kicking by the Scots as I assume that means the same horrible back row.

      1. I don’t get this. Tom Curry’s a 7, and a bloody good one. He looked like a fish out of water at 8 last weekend. Plenty of other 8s available, no need to put a square peg in a round hole, especially when he fits the square hole perfectly.

        Is his brother still about? Haven’t heard about him in a while. Last I did hear was Ben was a stone or two heavier than Tom and looking tidy at 6, or perhaps even 8…

      2. This is a more serious issue than it first appears.
        According to the press, Ed is experimenting with smaller, nimbler forwards as part of a move to permanently shift Union to a more League type game, quicker, ball in play more often, etc.
        If so, who has sanctioned the using of the England team for this and why has there been a move to sneak it under the radar rather than consult/inform fans and players?
        Sometimes ,being an English rugby fan is a fools errand.

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        1. What are you talking about Acee – “sanctioned the using of the England team for this”? He’s the coach, he can install any structure/system that he wants to. And why on earth would any coach advertise their tactics for the world to see?
          In general, the game is moving the way that you have stated above. We have seen teams with far bigger players but, as Japan showed aptly in the WC, the way to counter this is keep the ball in play, tire teams out and create space. French teams in Europe have had huge packs and their tempo of play in Top14 is relatively slower to that of the Prem/Pro14. Whenever teams from these leagues compete, those playing the French look to keep the ball alive as the bigger boys don’t have the stamina.

            1. Clearly. I still have no idea what you’re rambling about. Can you elaborate?
              On the league-esque play – the systems in place have been there for a couple of years now. There are articles dated last year outlining the England game plan, using a league style structure.

              1. Thanks for the Ad Hominem. What I’m “rambling on about” jake, is the suggestion that the England coach may be using the England team as a test bed for something than winning games and building for the next WC, As Don P says, either the Saffers didn’t get the memo or chose to ignore it, given the 6/2 split on the bench and the serious muscle they had to call on. Ditto the rest of the major nations in World Rugby, who don’t seem to be deliberately reducing the size or weight of their forwards in order to move toward a more Lge style game. Added to which, they rae n’t tossing around playing sevens at eight or suggesting forwards become s/halves.
                At the end of the day what will be will be but we are playing the game as it is NOW not in five . ten , fifteen years time. Experimenting with a new style of play is NOT something that should be done with one’s National team imo. It should be introduced at school or age group level to see how it pans and and whether it is workable.
                Interesting to see that fast Ed has gone for a six/ two split for this Saturday! Plus ca change and all that………….

          1. France must have put the smaller, nimbler, faster guys in last Sun then Jake? Haven’t NZ been doing this for some yrs now though? OTOH, with 8 replacements on the bench these days & as per the Saffas in the final with 6 of these being fwds, couldn’t this move therefore be countered?

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  2. Does this mean that Earl or Lud play 6? Or will they sit it out whilst
    Lawes resumes at 6? Alternatively, will Lawes feature at lock, or on the bench himself? Will Launch play at lock & as the big ball carrier, or will he also sit it out? So many questions. Why is team composition so complex with such a supposedly settled squad? Beats me.

  3. Typical of England Ludlum just given Scotland added motivation by talking about hate.After that mess in Paris mouths should be firmly shut and only opened if we win.As others have said Jones’s selection has no pattern to it and its constant trial and error.This haphazard policy just unsettles the players which added to uncertainty in the minds of the Sarries guys and impact of Paris on confidence suggests to me it’s a self inflicted buggers muddle.Odds heavily with Scotland.

    1. Well the interviewer starts by making the assumption that England players don’t have the passion of their Celtic counterparts. Why such a subjective opening? The press in this country are an absolute joke, always goading its own internationals. But on his comments, what would you rather he say Harlequin?
      Blair Kinghorn has come out and said he’s confident they’ll beat England, do you think the Scots will be shouting him down or will they see it as a good mindset?

  4. Given this squad, the team could read; MV, Geo, Genge, Launch, Itoje, Underhill. Curry, Earl or Lud*, Heinz, Ford, May, Farrell, De Voto, Thorley. Daly. Of course this team won’t start as Jones will v likely play the same one as last time. He may possibly include Launch for more ball carrying momentum at lock, but I won ‘t hold my breath on that one either.

      1. Yes, Regards, but I’ve always had trouble telling my left from my right Jake. For some reason I had it it my head that Genge replaced Sinckler last Sun?

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