England vs Scotland: Six Nations preview

England – who are operating with a supporting “shadow squad” to call upon in the event of an injury crisis – have also lost the services of Joe Marler, Sam Underhill and Joe Launchbury ahead of the annual competition.

Meanwhile, Scotland finished fourth in last year’s Six Nations after a rare win in Wales on the final day and lost 31-16 to Ireland in the third-place play-off at the Autumn Nations Cup.

Gregor Townsend‘s men have been boosted on the 150th anniversary of their first meeting with England by the return of maverick fly-half Finn Russell after a groin injury.

England vs Scotland date, time and venue

England vs Scotland kicks off at 4:45pm GMT on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

The match will be played behind closed doors at Twickenham due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch England vs Scotland

TV channel: In the UK, the match is available to watch via ITV, with coverage beginning at 4:15pm.

Live stream: Fans can also tune in via the ITV website or ITV Hub.

England vs Scotland team news

Jones is without the injured Mako Vunipola and Marler – who withdrew for personal reasons – as well as the suspended Kyle Sinckler, so Ellis Genge and Will Stuart are the starting props. Jonny Hill partners Maro Itoje at lock with Launchbury out and the returning Courtney Lawes on the bench after injury.

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Captain Owen Farrell is at 10 with George Ford starting on the bench, with Worcester’s Ollie Lawrence partnering Henry Slade in the centres. Manu Tuilagi remains absent with an Achilles injury.

Loosehead Beno Obano is set to make his first England appearance from the bench.

Russell is a welcome return to the starting XV for Scotland, who also hand a debut to Bath centre Cameron Redpath – a former England youth international who lined up alongside Lawrence for the Under-20s before switching allegiances for the Six Nations.

Glasgow’s George Turner makes his first Six Nations start at hooker, with Edinburgh counterpart David Cherry in line for a debut from the bench.

England vs Scotland lineups

England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Lawrence, May; Farrell (c), Youngs; Genge, George, Stuart; Itoje, Hill; Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Obano, Williams, Lawes, Earl, Robson, Ford, Malins

Scotland: Hogg (c); Maitland, Harris, Redpath, Van der Merwe; Russell, Price; Sutherland, Turner, Z Fagerson; Cummings, J Gray; Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson

Replacements: Cherry, Kebble, WP Nel, R Gray, Graham, Steele, Van der Walt, Jones

England vs Scotland head to head (h2h) history and results

It is 150 years since the first meeting between these two old foes at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh.

There have been 136 matches in total, with England claiming 76 wins to Scotland’s 43. There have been 19 draws.

England had won nine of the last 10 before a 25-13 loss north of the border back in 2018.

Then followed that incredible 38-38 draw at Twickenham in 2019, while last year’s affair ended in a truly attritional 13-6 England win following a match marred by atrocious weather conditions at Murrayfield.

Scotland have not triumphed at Twickenham for 38 years.

England vs Scotland prediction: Home win

England – and the world of international rugby union in general, for that matter – have faced criticism over their pragmatic approach, but it’s undeniably effective.

However, the Australian has said he hopes to see a better quality of rugby during this tournament.

A repeat of that pulsating 76-point draw from two years ago is extremely unlikely, but it won’t be hard for this match to improve upon last year’s near-farcical contest.

Russell’s return is a major boost for Scotland, but it’s unlikely they have enough to spring an upset at Twickenham.

England vs Scotland betting odds and tips

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