When did Scotland last beat England at Twickenham in the Six Nations?

Kristopher Drake
March 11, 2017

England host Scotland on Saturday in what is expect to be the most competitive Calcutta Cup clash in recent memory as the Scots have looked a dramatically improved outfit in the championship this year, but while Italy surprised England and caught them off guard with their tactics in the ruck, Jones is not expecting any sort of unexpected difficulties this time out.

The Red Rose centre - and main goalkicker - was seen receiving treatment on the field ahead of Saturday's clash with Scotland.

Asked if England have sufficient cover should Farrell, who was named in the starting XV earlier today, be unavailable, Jones said: "We've got plenty of back-ups".

"He could be in doubt, mate", Jones said of Farrell. He's got a bad leg.

"But I don't think we are a team under pressure". I think other countries still underestimate Scotland and our game is changing all the time.

"We've got some great goalkickers - George Ford", added Jones.

Eddie Jones may be forced into a late change as Owen Farrell could be in doubt after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's training session. He should be right.

"Owen just ran into someone at training - it's as simple as that".

"He'll be alright... possibly".

Even so, it's still expected that Farrell will be passed fit for the game, where he will possibly join reinstated teammates Ben Young, Jonathan Joseph, and Jack Nowell.

Still, no matter what the result, and it is always a wonderful day out, it should be acknowledged that the revival of Scotland's national rugby team in the last five years is a wonder to behold. Now they have their sights set on stopping England from equalling the All Blacks' world record of 18 successive victories on their home patch.

Billy Vunipola last played for England in November but makes his worldwide return from the bench after proving his fitness for Saracens last weekend. 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.

"There's a number of permutations that can happen".

In a marked departure from the usual exuberance he displays when addressing the media, the prickly Australian gave a series of evasive answers and repeatedly deflected questions with the words "all I'm anxious about is Scotland". I probably don't sleep enough now.

England will draw level with New Zealand's match-winning streak if they win, but have not reached their own high standards despite still being on course for a back-to-back Grand Slam.

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