Team news

England, one of 3 teams with hopes of winning the Six Nations, have made four changes for their own side to handle Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.

Wing Jack Nowell prop Ben Moon, center Henry Slade and flanker Mark Wilson are remembered but Joe Cokanasiga misses out.

Scotland have made six changes using Sean Maitland among the faces.

Maitland will play at full-back in one of 3 changes in the backs, while there are also three new names at the package including flanker Hamish Watson.

What’s at stake?

By the time England kick at 17:00 GMT they’ll understand whether they have been playing the Six Nations name or simply the Calcutta Cup.

Should Wales beat Ireland at Cardiff they will fasten the Grand Slam but if Ireland win, England would want to be at Scotland to pip Joe Schmidt’s men to the name.

England have a greatly superior points difference after scoring 19 attempts within their own four matches, winning three of them professionally and only losing to Wales.

Scotland are the recent Calcutta Cup holders after defeating England at Murrayfield this past year.

But Gregor Townsend’s injury-hit side have lost their last 3 matches after an opening win over Italy and so are simply above fifth-placed France – who play Italy – on points difference.

They truly have been searching for a first victory at Twickenham since 1983 but England is hoping for a repeat of these 2017 form when they ran in seven attempts to interrogate them 60-21 in their most recent match at Twickenham.

Six Nations standings

Lineups

Replacements: 16-Brown, 17-Reid, 18-Berghan, 19-J grey, 20-Strauss, 21- Laidlaw, 22-Hastings, 23-Harris.

Andrew Cotter:“England may well be going for the name come kickoff, but without that lure Eddie Jones has made much of the motivation of avenging last season’s Scottish parties at Murrayfield.

Quite how motivated Joe Cokanasiga feels following the man of the match against Italy was dropped out of the group remains to be viewed, however, perhaps Jones simply has been look at options. Such are the tools at his disposal it is still a hugely-powerful appearing England side.

Scotland yet again struggle their own injury list but perhaps they also have to beat their particular mental failings. If they once again suffer the away form dropoff or even don’t find a challenging edge – the’nastiness’ demanded at the best level of rugby – then it could be a very long day for the people at Twickenham.

View from the camps

England head coach Eddie Jones: “it is a fun close to the championship. You might have three teams who are able to acquire it.

“Wales are an excellent team. They have been quite well coached, amazing credit for them to what they’ve done, but they have started to look a bit tired.

“They have made more tackles than anybody else at the championship and are playing an Ireland side which seems to be peaking at the right moment.”

Scotland head trainer Gregor Townsend: “First we have to build on the positive facets of our performance from last weekend against Wales, whenever we could build quick ball and make lots of pressure on the resistance.

“The fitness and character the players demonstrated revealed, at the second half, exactly what the team is currently capable of against a few of the best sides in the environment. The alternative is making that pressure count on the scoreboard more regularly.

“Winning away from home tends to be achieved through a superb defensive performance and we are determined to deliver that this Saturday.”

Match facts

Headtohead

  • Scotland have not won at Twickenham for 3-6 years after a 22-10 triumph in March 1983.
  • Eddie Jones’ first match as England boss was a 15-9 win at Murrayfield from the 20-16 six-nations.

England

  • England have won five of their last six matches, losing you.
  • They lead the championship for attempts (1-9 ), points (146), dominant tackles (125) & turnovers (22).

Scotland

  • Scotland have lost three successive Test matches to the first time since February 20-16.
  • Their tally of eight attempts is the fewest in this season’s Championship.

    Touch judges: Jerome Garces (France) & Alexandre Ruiz (France)

    T Mo: Ben Skeen (Newzealand )