Six Nations 2014: Wounded England set to name unchanged XV for Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland
Jonny May and Courtney Lawes are expected to be fit for the trip to Murrayfield after recovering from head injuries they sustained in the defeat to France last Saturday
Thursday 06 February 2014
England are this morning expected to name an unchanged starting XV for their RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster has retained the matchday squad selected for the 26-24 defeat by France and is almost certain to keep faith with the same line-up.
Wing Jonny May and Courtney Lawes will start after recovering from head injuries sustained against Les Bleus.
Captain Chris Robshaw has warned Scotland to be ready for a "massive reaction" from a team smouldering at their Grand Slam-ending defeat in Paris.
England were dispatched in shattering circumstances at the Stade de France when, having nudged 24-19 ahead, wing Gael Fickou glided over in the 77th minute.
Little comfort has been drawn from the character-fuelled fightback staged in a compelling match as Robshaw outlines what is expected from the 2015 World Cup hosts.
"There will have to be a massive reaction. All the guys have been seething a bit. To have gone so close and played so well...." the England captain said.
"Our game is not judged on performance, it is judged on results.
"We need to make sure we turn our performance into results. Both sides lost on the weekend and we want to rectify that.
"No one wants to be called plucky losers. Everyone wants to be winners.
"That's why we play the game - to win the big tournaments. We don't want to play well to finish second every time.
"We've now left ourselves with a lot of work to do and all the guys are up for that.
"We now need a bit of luck along the way but there are certain elements in our hands still."
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