Jones tweaks side for Scotland showdown

Jones tweaks side for Scotland showdown

Prop Joe Marler will win his 50th cap for England if selected.

Speculation earlier in the week that Billy Vunipola would start on his return to fitness for England proved to be false, with Nathan Hughes retaining the number eight shirt and Vunipola left on the bench.

England host Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday March 11, kick off 1600 GMT at Twickenham, London and is screened live on ITV.

However, they will need to show a marked improvement from their last outing against Italy, where they struggled for more than an hour before a strong finish earned their 36-15 victory.

Meanwhile, Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been recalled to the Dark Blues' starting line-up to face England. Anthony Watson, also back from injury, is on the bench, leaving no place for Jonny May. If so, Jones has a point: Scotland's replacements were excellent against Wales, but with Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, Kyle Sinckler et al on the home bench, England have the edge.

Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Jones, Dunbar, Visser; Russell, Price; Wilson, Watson, Barclay (capt), J Gray, R Gray, Fagerson, Brown, Reid.

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@MrAndrewCotter:"It could be said that England's fright against Italy, leading by only two points with 10 minutes to go, was the best thing that's happened to Eddie Jones' men".

However, they will arrive in good heart this time having won two games and delivered some exciting performances, and would love nothing more than to be the team that brings England's winning run to an end one short of the record.

"He's one of our best players but he's not ready to start yet", said Jones.

England is attempting to equal the Tier 1 world record for consecutive Test victories, now 18 matches and held by New Zealand.

Scotland find themselves in the unusual position of chasing down a Triple Crown heading into the penultimate round of Six Nations fixtures this weekend. Even the handsome spring weather in Bagshot could not distract from the untimely training ground knock suffered by Owen Farrell, nor a unusual, prickly press conference grudgingly given by Eddie Jones.

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