Six Nations 2014: England wing Jonny May available for Calcutta Cup match with Scotland despite fractured nose
May was forced off early on during the defeat to France in Paris on Saturday evening
Tuesday 04 February 2014
England have been lifted by the availability of Jonny May for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.
May suffered a broken nose just eight minutes into the 26-24 defeat by France in Paris but has been given the green light to travel to Edinburgh.
"Following a scan review and a specialist assessment which confirmed an undisplaced fracture of his nose, Jonny will be available for selection," a statement released by the Rugby Football Union said.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has rejected criticism of his use of replacements against France as misguided.
Only prop Henry Thomas remained on the bench at the final whistle of a chaotic but thrilling Paris showdown with the 62nd minute departure of outstanding scrum-half Danny Care attracting greatest scrutiny.
Sir Clive Woodward, one of Lancaster's predecessors as England head coach, blamed the substitutions for the defeat and stated that the "responsibility falls on the management not the players".
The lack of specialist fly-half cover for Owen Farrell at the Stade de France has also been highlighted, but a defiant Lancaster regards England's abysmal start as the reason for their downfall.
"We're debating the wrong points here, in my honest opinion. I think you're wasting your time on this," said Lancaster, who insisted that substitutions are not pre-planned.
"I don't think the replacements were the reason we lost the game. I was certainly pleased with the impact all the substitutes made.
"The biggest reason we lost the game was the start more than anything else. To be 16-3 down is one hell of a mountain to climb in that arena.
"The debate about replacements is not one we're having internally within the squad.
"We have a squad of 23 trusted players - we win together and we lose together. That's the way it is."
Lancaster indicated that changes for Murrayfield are unlikely as England seek an immediate response to their agonising late defeat.
"There's a lot of disappointment and frustration having put ourselves in a position to beat France. It's important we get a reaction," he said.
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