Eddie Jones has named an experienced side for England’s opening RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham Six Nations hospitality packages for – England v Ireland (Saturday 27th February 2016) and England v Wales (Saturday 12th March 2016). These two massive encounters could decide the fate of the Six Nations title.
The starting XV can boast 512 international caps between them, but three players could make their debuts with Jack Clifford, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto named amongst the substitutes for the Calcutta Cup clash.
Captain Dylan Hartley lines-up in a familiar looking front-row alongside Dan Cole and Joe Marler who retain their spots after the World Cup. While Joe Launchbury and George Kruis pack down in the engine room, providing England with plenty of athleticism and power.
The back-row is once again one of the most contentious areas of the team. Former captain Chris Robshaw reverts to his natural role of blindside flanker, where he has excelled for his club side Harlequins this season. The bulldozing Billy Vunipola retains his place at number eight and a big performance is expected from the Saracens star.
James Haskell has been handed the number seven jersey, as Jones opts not to throw Jack Clifford into the cauldron of a Six Nations encounter at Murrayfield. It is interesting that the Australian has not chosen an out-and-out fetcher in this position, where England have struggled for a number of years.
Care returns to Six Nations line-up
Danny Care will make just his second appearance for England in the past 18-months after winning the battle of the scrum-halves with Ben Youngs. The 29-year-old has won 53 caps and has been back to his best for Quins this season.
Elsewhere in the backs Owen Farrell starts in the centres alongside Jonthan Joseph, with George Ford at fly-half. While the Mike Brown, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell form a potent back-three.
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Ahead of his first ever Six Nations match up Eddie Jones told Sky Sports: “There were some tight calls on selection, but we have picked a match-day squad with a blend of experience and youth.
“The boys have worked hard since coming into camp to understand how I want the team to play going forward. We have prepared well and I am pleased with the progress the group has made in the short time we’ve had together.
“We are confident we can go to Edinburgh and win, but we’re in no doubt it will be a huge challenge. Playing at Murrayfield in front of a passionate Scottish crowd will be a real test for this team but one I know we can rise to.
“We have named three vice-captains in Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Mike Brown who will support Dylan Hartley with his leadership responsibilities.”