Owen Farrell suffers injury scare for the most RIDICULOUS reason

Owen Farrell suffers injury scare for the most RIDICULOUS reason

I know Scotland are going to participate in the spirit of the game, so we don't need to worry about anything.

Scotland are forced into one change with back-row Hamish Watson replacing the injured John Hardie.

"He ran into my dog, my dog was running around the training pitch and he ran into it". Ben Youngs is restored at scrum-half in place of Danny Care, Jack Nowell is rewarded for his two tries against the Azzurri by ousting Jonny May on the right wing and Jonathan Joseph is preferred to Ben Te'o at outside centre. Even the lovely spring weather in Bagshot could not distract from the untimely training ground knock suffered by Owen Farrell, nor a odd, prickly press conference grudgingly given by Eddie Jones.

Wing Jack Nowell is also back in the starting line-up after his two tries in the win against Italy and has crossed in England's last two meetings with Scotland - he is 8/1 to score the first try on Saturday. That is nearly certainly Jones's deliberate objective: to jolt his players out of any complacency and encourage them to assume more responsibility rather than hiding behind their head coach's extensive collection of bon mots.

But they must start the match well.

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Roommate Dylan Hartley was slightly more confident that Farrell - who is scheduled to partner the recalled Jonathan Joseph at centre - will be fit. The unspoken message this week, accordingly, is that England can not bank on retaining their title unless they harden up mentally, crank up the intensity and bristle a little more. Then what happens? You lose, you get a kick up the arse, you go away and think: 'We've got to work harder.' We asked the boys to make a choice.

England is attempting to equal the Tier 1 world record for consecutive Test victories, now 18 matches and held by New Zealand.

England are unbeaten in their last eight Six Nations games against Scotland (W7, D1), winning the last six on the bounce. Their longest run in the tournament is 14 home wins from 1998 to 2003.

Scotland find themselves in the unusual position of chasing down a Triple Crown heading into the penultimate round of Six Nations fixtures this weekend.


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