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Scotland find themselves in the strange position of favourites, as they prepare to play their first match of the 2016 6-Nations tournament at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, against the Auld Enemy, England. Scotland were the closest of all the countries competing in the 6-Nations, to qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup in England, during the Autumn. Only a controversial late penalty for Australia, prevented them from making it through to the last four.

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England on the other hand, were the first hosts in World Cup history, not to qualify for the quarter-finals, and as the result, coach Stuart Lancaster lost his job, being replaced by the Australian Eddie Jones. The Scots will be buoyed by the return of Scarlets flanker, John Barclay, who has missed the last three Six Nations campaigns, and who will win his 46th cap. Mark Bennett is also in the starting XV, having overcome a shoulder injury which had threatened his place.

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Jones has been conservative in the selection of his first team. Since taking the job as England coach, with many saying that he has done nothing more than select a Stuart Lancaster side. One change that the Australian has made however, is to name the controversial Northampton Saints hooker, Dylan Hartley as his captain.

Posted: 8th February 2014

 

Following their heart breaking defeat in Paris last weekend, England has named an unchanged squad for the Calcutta match at Murrayfield Stadium against Scotland on Saturday evening. Gloucester wing, Jonny May, who was forced to leave the field after just eight minutes of the defeat to France, has been declared fit to play, despite breaking his nose, while second row battering ram, Courtney Lawes who suffered bruising to his cheekbone, has also been declared fit to play.

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England coach Stuart Lancaster was criticized for having no specialist fly half on the bench last Saturday, but continues with that policy against the Scots, naming only Owen Farrell as a specialist No. 10 in his 23 man squad, with George Ford and Freddie Burns released back to their clubs, bath and Gloucester respectively. Scotland was also defeated in their opening game of the championship, going down to Ireland in Dublin by 28-6. It was all too familiar a story for the Scots plenty of possession and no shortage of effort, but little reward for their efforts.

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Scotland have not beaten England in their last six meetings, though Murrayfield has been a graveyard for English rugby on more than one occasion in the last 20 years, and indeed England have won just one of their last four matches at the ground. Following their heart breaking defeat in Paris last weekend, England has named an unchanged squad for the Calcutta match at Murrayfield Stadium against Scotland on Saturday evening.

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Gloucester wing, Jonny May, who was forced to leave the field after just eight minutes of the defeat to France, has been declared fit to play, despite breaking his nose, while second row battering ram, Courtney Lawes who suffered bruising to his cheekbone, has also been declared fit to play. England coach Stuart Lancaster was criticized for having no specialist fly half on the bench last Saturday, but continues with that policy against the Scots, naming only Owen Farrell as a specialist No. 10 in his 23 man squad, with George Ford and Freddie Burns released back to their clubs, bath and Gloucester respectively.

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Scotland was also defeated in their opening game of the championship, going down to Ireland in Dublin by 28-6. It was all too familiar a story for the Scots plenty of possession and no shortage of effort, but little reward for their efforts. Scotland have not beaten England in their last six meetings, though Murrayfield has been a graveyard for English rugby on more than one occasion in the last 20 years, and indeed England have won just one of their last four matches at the ground.


Tags: Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland, Stuart Lancaster, Six Nations, England, Jonny May, Courtney Lawes, Owen Farrell
Posted: 6th February 2016


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