Everything you need to know ahead of England v Scotland

Everything you need to know ahead of England v Scotland

Vunipola, however, was among the replacements, with the powerhouse No 8 poised to make his first appearance of the tournament after proving his fitness following a knee ligament injury while playing 72 minutes for English and European champions Saracens last weekend.

Cotter has made one change to his starting line-up with Hamish Watson taking the place of the injured John Hardie in the back row.

The Saracens men has been picked to start at No.12 in the Calcutta Cup match.

After wins against Ireland and Wales, Scotland could take the Triple Crown as well as the Calcutta Cup.

"Eddie has done a good job, he's a very good coach, a very thorough and competitive person, and he brings that to his coaching".

"We'll need that to put us in a position to win this game and we'll enjoy the challenge of doing that against an England team that hasn't lost in a while".

England have won their last 13 matches at Twickenham in the Championship, their record at the venue in the tournament is 14, set between 1998 and 2003.

"That is very good under Eddie Jones, but they tend to win in variety of ways, good or ugly". The Scots have only achieved the feat ten times, the last occasion in 1990, and it's a sign of how far they've improved that they are now in contention for the mythical prize.

England versus Scotland should be another tough test for the championship leaders. As mentioned before, Scotland do not possess the carrying capacity of England and it's the Gray brothers who do most of the grunt work in this department.

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Any reference to the run of wins was met with the instant retort: "We're only anxious about Scotland".

Replacements: 16-Jamie George, 17-Mako Vunipola, 18-Kyle Sinckler 19-Tom Wood, 20-Billy Vunipola, 21-Danny Care, 22-Ben Te'o, 23-Anthony Watson.

SCOTLAND: Hogg (Glasgow); Seymour (Glasgow), Jones (Stormers), Dunbar (Glasgow), Visser (Harlequins), Russell (Glasgow), Price (Glasgow); Reid (Glasgow), Brown (Glasgow), Fagerson (Glasgow), R Gray (Toulouse), J Gray (Glasgow), Barclay (Scarlets, capt), Watson (Edinburgh), Wilson (Glasgow).

Joe Marler will win his 50th cap for his country this weekend when he leads the team out against Scotland.

He refereed the final of the Top 14 in Barcelona in June 2012.

England are looking to equal New Zealand's record of 18 successive wins.

"Coming to Twickenham is like entering a temple", said Raynal.

"It's always hard for a back row player because props just love scrums".

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