England's Owen Farrell doubtful for Scotland clash with knee injury

Toni Houston
March 10, 2017

No, really. Ran into a dog?

When it was pointed out that his answers could be construed as ambiguous, Jones added: "Yeah, but I think he'll be all right, is that okay?"

Jones refused to reveal the exact nature of Farrell's injury and gave contradictory answers as to whether the knock would sideline the 25-year-old from the Triple Crown decider at Twickenham.

However, I can see England taking this match by the scruff of the neck and going on to win with relative ease and based on their last two meetings, 15-9 (2016) and 25-13 (2015) I think backing England on the alternative margin (1-12pts) at 15/8 (Coral) is the best approach.

"Owen Farrell ran into someone at training". We've got some great goal kickers.


Our preview pack for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash between England and Scotland includes team news, predictions, statistics and more. "All we've got to do is play well on Saturday, that's all we've got to worry about", Jones said, refusing to be drawn on what he views as extraneous concerns. The experimentation that the England coach allowed himself for the Italy game has been swiftly reversed which means that Ben Youngs is back at scrum, for Danny Care, and Jonathan Joseph is back at outside centre for Ben Te'o.

"I congratulate Joe Marler on his 50-cap milestone", Jones told England's official website. That is nearly certainly Jones's deliberate objective: to jolt his players out of any complacency and encourage them to assume more responsibility rather than hiding behind their head coach's extensive collection of bon mots.

Joseph was left out of the squad that beat Italy two weeks ago as coach Eddie Jones experimented with his midfield but reclaims the number 13 shirt from Ben Te'o, who drops to the bench. He is an honest and committed team man and a fine individual.

Jones is pleased with the options available to him - his bench is stocked full of quality replacements - not least at loose-head prop where he has Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola to choose from.

England is attempting to equal the Tier 1 world record for consecutive Test victories, now 18 matches and held by New Zealand.

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