Nathan Hughes will begin at number eight when England’s NatWest 6 Nations title safeguard resumes against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Scots haven’t won against England for a long time and Townsend says his squad need to convey against the auld foe at Murrayfield.
He disclosed to BBC Scotland: “It is incredible for our players to test themselves against the best. We play the number two group on the planet this week and the number three group [Ireland] away in two weeks, which is the thing that you need.
“You can tell when the players are setting it up, is a best group we are playing against. It is England. We must convey our best in preparing this week, and with regards to Saturday evening, we must convey our best-ever execution.
“It will be an extraordinary environment, as it has been for any diversion throughout the last couple of seasons, particularly since November. Yet, the England diversion is that additional piece exceptional. We simply need to ensure the group are cheering toward the end and additionally the start.”
The hosts recouped from an opening end of the week crush on account of Wales to beat France on home soil last time out, while Eddie Jones’ protecting champions stay undefeated, having beaten the Italians and Wales.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 22, 2018
Scotland have not recorded a try at home to England since 2004, though Hamish Watson is convinced that’s set to change.
What time is kick-off?
THIS Six Nations fixture will be held on Saturday, February 24.
The game will be hosted at Murrayfield.
Kick-off is at 4.45pm.
Will it be shown on TV?
The clash will be shown on BBC One, with coverage starting at 4:00pm.
Alternatively, you can follow the game LIVE via Standard Sport’s Six Nations blog.
Excitement levels 💯 !!
— NatWest 6 Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 22, 2018
Betting odds (provided by Betfair)
- Scotland 21/10
- England: 2/5
- Draw: 19/1
England replacements: George, Hepburn, H Williams, Kruis, Underhill, Wigglesworth, Te’o, Nowell
Scotland replacements: Lawson, Bhatti, Nel, Swinson, Denton, Price, Grigg, Kinghorn