England make five changes for Scotland Six Nations clash, Ben Youngs dropped


England coach Eddie Jones insisted on being taunted by fans as he prepared his team for another Calcutta Cup duel in Scotland on Saturday.

England threatened a comeback after falling 24-0 behind, with two Jonny May tries converted by Owen Farrell who also slotted a penalty, but it was too late for the World Cup runners-up in their first game since their final defeat by South Africa in Japan.

"Anthony felt it again yesterday and we won't consider him for Scotland", the forwards coach, Matt Proudfoot, said.

Hackney-born Courtney Lawes has backed his England colleagues to respond from their Six Nations Rugby opener defeat against France by getting back to winning ways next Saturday against auld enemy Scotland.

But, on a more serious note, the 17-times capped Underhill said: "It's good to have a bit of an edge to a game".

That said, these are plasters for bullet wounds that are readily available to him in the current squad, and do not deal with the wider issues regarding England's reliance upon the Vunipola brothers and two veteran scrum-halves, at least one of whom is very unlikely to play through to the next Rugby World Cup.

England make five changes for Scotland Six Nations clash, Ben Youngs dropped
England make five changes for Scotland Six Nations clash, Ben Youngs dropped

Scotland appeared to be in the ascendancy hereafter, with England battling to understand the problems with the wind behind them as Ford, Willi Heinz as well as Elliot Daly were all guilty of acknowledged region by starting the sphere straight right into touch. We want to make sure we dominate the gain line.

Another Leicester man, wing Jonny May, gave England hope in Paris, but believes they need to "think of something different inside the 22 in terms of attack".

Bracken, who was part of the English team that famously beat the All Blacks in Wellington in 2003 en route to their only World Cup victory under Sir Clive Woodward in Australia, feels a chance has been missed.

There's also movement on the bench, where Tom Dunn and Ben Earl have earned selections.

"We showed a bit more of what we're about in the second half but it was hard after they scored that try when they first came out", Farrell said. You can't fault Ludlam's enthusiasm, although coming off the back of England's display on Sunday, it's not coming from a position of strength.

After an early spell of domination in the second half, England conceded another try, Ollivon going over after collecting Dupont's offload following another fine break by the scrumhalf. "He's a big player for us and it goes without saying what he brings to the game". "I just think our strengths are up front and that's what we want to play to".

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