Six Nations 2019: England 38-38 Scotland - Russell-Townsend 'argument' sparks revival

Rex Christensen
March 16, 2019

Cokanasiga was named man of the match after Italy were swept aside in the penultimate round of the Championship and was compared to Jonah Lomu by Sir Clive Woodward, but the Fijian-born wing is not even on the bench for the Calcutta Cup showdown.

England - 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Johnny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 George Kruis, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ben Moon.

"My clear goal is to be in this side for the World Cup in 2019 and we have unbelievable potential here".

England and Scotland played to an incredible 38-38 draw at Twickenham on Saturday. SIMON BORCHARDT reports. I want him to play 100 Tests for England - I don't want him to just play 10 Tests. "We don't need to rush him, we'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him".

Tuilagi agreed a new two-year contract with Leicester this week and Jones added: 'Manu's future is looked after and we're really happy for him. 'We've got an opportunity to show that we're the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world, and we're not going to miss that opportunity'.

Ben Te'o drops to the bench, with Jones opting for a more traditional midfield balance of guile and strength following last week's power-packed duo.

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There are four changes to the starting XV that lined up against Italy last week.

Starting number nine Ben Youngs will become England's most capped scrum-half on Saturday, overtaking Danny Care with his 85th outing.

England began the match knowing the title was out of their hands after Wales completed the Grand Slam by beating Ireland earlier but still ripped into Scotland from the start.

Eddie Jones' England led 31-7 at halftime - scoring 30 or more points in the first half for the third time in this year's Six Nations tournament. "If we impose our game on Scotland it'll be pretty tough for them", said Jones, whose team finished fifth last season after losing their last three games and then lost two in a row against South Africa.

"Scotland are a hard side - they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow", he added. We probably allowed them to play a bit too much.

"I said "you're telling us to kick and when we kick it they're just running it back and cut us open and when we run it they're just hitting us behind the gain line and winning the ball back".

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