Scotland vs England preview: What time does it start, what channel is it on, where can I watch it and odds?

A look ahead to this weekend's Six Nations clash at Murrayfield

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Scotland will be hoping to make the most of their World Cup form and will be hurting from their narrow defeat to Australia, while England will be starting with a blank slate under a new coach and new captain following the disappointment of their campaign.

It’s a big game for...

Eddie Jones: Since taking the position after Stuart Lancaster resigned, everyone has been keen to see how the first foriegn England coach will perform. Will he bring the same changes to England that he has to Japan? After the Japanese’s stunning victory against South Africa, Jones has been a valuable commodity and he will now show his influence on an England side down on their luck.


Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel; Richie Gray, Jonny Gray; John Barclay, John Hardie, David Denton.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Blair Cowan, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Duncan Weir, Duncan Taylor.

England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell; George Ford, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury, George Kruis; Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Paul Hill, Courtney Lawes, Jack Clifford, Ben Youngs, Alex Goode, Ollie Devoto

Captain Comparison

Name                  Dylan Hartley                     Greig Laidlaw

Position                     Hooker                          Scrum half

Club                Northampton Saints                  Gloucester

Caps                            66                                       46

Points scored                5                                        446

Remember when...

England nilled Scotland? In 2014, Murrayfield was host to the 120th edition of the Calcutta Cup contest. The pitch was infested with nematode worms, which threatened to force play to be moved. With holes in the turf occurring at every scrum, ruck and maul, England managed to score 20 points through tries from Mike Brown and Luther Burrell, a drop goal from Danny Care and 8 points through the boot of Owen Farrell. 

Best Stat 

145: This is the number of years since the first international rugby match was played. In 1871, the teams were Scotland and England and the match was won by the Scots. Since then, 133 fixtures between the two sides have been played with Saturday's fixture the 134th.

Rugby Six Nations explainer

Up and coming

Paul Hill: The 20-year-old tighthead prop moved from Yorkshire Carnegie to Northampton Saints this summer and has had to contest with fellow England prop, Kieran Brookes, for a place. Under the tutelage of Dorian West, Hill stepped off the bench for the Saints for his first ten fixtures for his new club. However a knee injury to Brookes allowed him to make the shirt his own, which led to his surprising call up to the international fold this time around. He has been tested against international looseheads in the Premiership, such as Leicester's Marcos Ayerza, and in Europe against Scotland's Gordon Reid, whom he could face again at Murrayfield if both come off the replacements’ bench.

Last three matches

England 25 (Joseph, Ford, Nowell) v Scotland 13 (Bennett) Twickenham, Six Nations 2015.

Scotland 0 v England 20 (Burrell, Brown) Murrayfield, Six Nations 2014.

England 38 (Ashton, Twelvetrees, Parling, Care) v Scotland 18 (Maitland, Hogg) Twickenham, Six Nations 2013.


Scotland - LWLWWL

England - WLLWWL