Sat 21st Mar – England V Scotland – 3.30pm Twickenham
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Martin Johnson has decided to stick with the same 22 that thrashed France for this weekends final match against Scotland. The Scot’s have made one change to their starting 15 with Scott Gray stepping up from the replacements bench to replace the dropped John Barclay who is out of the 22 altogether, Kelly Brown has taken Gray’s place on the bench.
The Scots head to Twickenham seeking their first back-to-back Calcutta Cup victories since 1984 while England will be looking to continue their strong finish to the tournament with another thumping win. The pressure on the match has already been cranked up with England captain Steve Borthwick accusing the Scotland players of “rubbing in the fact they had beaten England” referring to last years defeat at Murrayfield, he then also went on to further infuriate the Scots by adding that England handled their win over France in a “gracious manner”, suggesting that the Scots didn’t do so last year.
Scotland coach Frank Hadden was not best pleased and has challenged Borthwick to say exactly what was not gracious about last years celebrations, he said “I really have no idea what he’s talking about, I won’t tell you what other people have been saying behind the scenes, if he was being specific about something then maybe we could judge whether we were ‘not gracious’, or whatever he’s referring to.” While Jason White backed up Haddens reply and also added that Borthwick might be trying to create something for the papers to run with in an attempt to stir things up before Saturday’s match.
England – D Armitage (London Irish); U Monye (Harlequins), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), T Croft (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), N Kennedy (London Irish), D Care (Harlequins), A Goode (Brive), M Tait (Sale Sharks).
Scotland – C Paterson (Edinburgh), S Danielli (Ulster), M Evans (Glasgow), G Morrison (Glasgow), T Evans (Glasgow), P Godman (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh, capt), A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), J White (Sale), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), S Gray (Northampton), S Taylor (Stade Francais).
Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow), M Low (Glasgow), N Hines (Perpignan), K Brown (Glasgow), C Cusiter (Perpignan), N De Luca (Edinburgh), H Southwell (Edinburgh).
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