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England Team to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 2017


By England Fan
March 9 2017

England take on Scotland this weekend at Twickenham in the oldest rugby competiton in the World.   They play for the Calcutta Cup that was made from 270 melted down Indian rupees.  

RBS Six Nations 2017

England v Scotland

Twickenham  Saturday 11th March (kick-off 4pm, live on ITV).

Callcutta Cup

Calcuta Cup   nice pic

History of the Callcutta Cup here

England's Head  Coach Eddie Jones has  made three changes.  In the back line Jonathan Joseph  is reinstated at outside-centre, Jack Nowell is named on the right-wing and Ben Youngs  starts at scrum-half.   Anthony Watson and Billy Vunipola return to an England match-day 23 for the first time in this year's Championship having both returned from injury. They are joined on the bench by Danny Care  and Ben Te'o..  Joe Marler will win his 50th cap on Saturday, he made is  England  debut against South Africa  2012 and as is the custom, he will lead the team out of the tunnel for England's 124th Calcutta Cup game.

 

Eddie Jones Comment: "Our preparation for Scotland has been very good, said England head coach Jones. "We had two excellent training runs in Oxford last week and followed that up this week.   "We're focused on ourselves; we want to give our fans a really good performance. We've worked hard in this RBS 6 Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner.  "This is the 124th Calcutta Cup and I feel humbled and honoured to be part of such an historic rugby occasion, it's the oldest international fixture and means a lot to both countries. We treasure the experience.

"I congratulate Joe Marler on his 50-cap milestone. I've coached a lot of good players and he is certainly one of the best. He is an honest and committed team man and a fine individual. To have him and Mako Vunipola available together to give us 80 minutes at loose-head is an enormous advantage.”

Lion's coaches out in force at England's traing camp this week.

British & Irish Lions head Coach Warren Gatland during a training  at Pennyhill Park PA Images

Scotland have made one change for this match flanker Hamish Watson starts, the back-rower replaces club-mate John Hardie, who is injured, while Cornell du Preez comes on to the bench.  Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983.

st.george on horse

 

 

England: Brown; Nowell, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Marler, Hartley (captain), Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Itoje, Haskell, Hughes. 

Replacements: George, M Vunipola, Sinckler, Wood, B Vunipola, Care, Te'o, Watson

 

 

 

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

Replacements: Ford, Dell, Berghan, Swinson, Du Preez, Pyrgos, Weir, Bennett.

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England Team to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 2017
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09/03/2017 16:16
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Re: England Team to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 2017
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
09/03/2017 23:19
The right team selection I think, do you agree Kath? I think this will be a Cracking game and England will win in the end, probably due to the strength coming off the bench.

Will be stronger for the next game in Dublin with both Vunipola's hopefully fully fit and ready to start as well.

 
Re: England Team to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 2017
Kath... (IP Logged)
10/03/2017 11:08
Hi Tigersfan1: I think it is going to be a bit nervy,at some point we will lose but I hope it is not to the Scots!

I think we will win as long as we keep our heads

 
Re: England Team to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 2017
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 10:44
I'm sure you're right about it going to be nervy! I just hope the performance level improves because there is a lot of potential for it to, and with Scotland playing well and with confidence England must prevent them getting on top early.

I'll back them to do it - England by 6!

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