Flanker Hamish Watson has been recalled to Scotland’s starting line-up to face England at Twickenham. The Edinburgh back-rower started both the Scots’ first two games against Ireland and France but was named on the bench against Wales last time out after losing his place to John Hardie.
With Hardie ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in the match at Murrayfield, Watson now lines up against Eddie Jones’s record-chasing side on Saturday. Otherwise, it is the same lineup that kicked-off against Rob Howley’s side last month, when the Scots picked up their second win of the tournament with a 29-13 triumph.
That result sends Scotland to London looking to keep their surprise Championship push on track. Victory over England would be their first away win against the Auld Enemy since 1983.
But the hosts will also be fired up for the Calcutta Cup clash. They remain on course for a second successive grand slam and could equal the All Blacks’ Test record of 18 straight wins if they can overcome Vern Cotter’s team this weekend.
Cotter said: “We have another two games to go in this Championship and this next one is obviously pretty important. There’s a lot to play for and several reasons why we should be able to get up for this game.
“We’ve rested, recovered and prepared as best we can for this game. We’ve asked some questions of ourselves and the areas we think we can improve and we’re confident we can play better as a team. That’s our next challenge, to step that up.
“The challenge is for us to combine the best parts of our performances so far in this campaign in to one excellent performance at Twickenham. We’ll need that to put us in a position to win this game and will enjoy the challenge of doing that against an England team that hasn’t lost in a while.”
Scotland’s back three sees try-scorers against Wales, Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser, line up alongside full-back Stuart Hogg. The centre Alex Dunbar partners Huw Jones for the fourth match in succession while the Glasgow Warriors half-back partnership of Finn Russell and Ali Price takes to the field once more.