Gregor Townsend names unchanged starting team for Scotland vs. England Six Nations Calcutta Cup clash


Gregor Townsend has kept faith with the same starting XV that defeated France for Scotland’s Calcutta Cup clash with England in the Six Nations this Saturday.

Scotland fought back from 10-points down to defeat France at Murrayfield and that performance is rewarded as Scotland look for a first win against England in the Six Nations since 2008.

That win came in Murrayfield, and while the starting team has a familiar feel, Townsend has changed three on the replacements bench with Willem Nel, Tim Swinson and Nick Grigg looking to make an impact off the bench on Saturday.

“The players put a huge amount of effort into our win over France,” said Townsend. “They found a way to win and kept attacking the opposition up until the final whistle.

“England are the No. 2 side in the world and have shown a very good level of consistency in the past couple of seasons. This is due to the quality of their playing and coaching staff, who have done a tremendous job.

“They have a very good defence, an excellent set-piece and like to get 10 and 12 on the ball as much as possible in attack. Taking on England is going to be a huge challenge and we are well aware that only our very best will be good enough in this fixture.”

Scotland team to play France

Hogg, Seymour, Jones, Horne, Maitland, Russell, Laidlaw; Reid, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist, J. Gray, Barclay (captain), Watson, Wilson.

Replacements: Lawson, Bhatti, Nel, Swinson, Denton, Price, Grigg, Kinghorn.

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