Six Nations Rugby: Scotland v England Sat 17:00
England will look to kickstart a new era of success with a new and exciting squad when they get their 6 Nations campaign underway against Scotland on Saturday as Ladbrokes make Stuart Lancaster’s side slight favourites.
Under interim boss Stuart Lancaster England have attempted to wipe the slate clean following their atrocious World Cup campaign that ended with a woeful defeat against France in the quarter finals, while numerous off-the-field incidents further blemished what was already one of England’s worst World Cup efforts.
Lancaster has included just six players in his starting XV that started the quarter final defeat against France back in October, while no less than eight players could win their first caps for their country at Murrayfield.
Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt and Phil Dowson have all been handed starts on their debut while a further five players could win their first caps from the replacements bench.
With Chris Robshaw set to skipper his country in only his second international game, England have opted to field one of their most inexperienced teams in years, with a Scotland side hell bent on revenge standing in their way of beginning their championship defence with a win.
Scotland suffered defeat twice against England last year, with their narrow 16-12 loss in the pool stages of the World Cup dumping them out of the competition, with Scotland head coach Andy Robinson branding the English ‘arrogant’ after the game.
The home side will pin their hopes on their fine home record against their fierce rivals in the Calcutta Cup – they remain undefeated against England at Murrayfield since 2004.
Robinson has opted to make less sweeping changes than his opponents on Saturday, with the Englishman handing out one new cap with two players making their first starts for the game against England.
Edinburgh wing Lee Jones will make his debut while club colleagues David Denton and Ross Rennie start for their country for the first time.