Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Owen Farrell faces last-minute fitness test for a ridiculous injury

Scotland's John Barclay says he is shocked at how slow their Six Nations opposition has been Scotland's John Barclay says he is shocked at how slow their Six Nations opposition has been
Jan Ortega | 11 March, 2017, 00:14

Centre Owen Farrell received lengthy treatment for an injury during morning training but Jones, becoming more irascible with each question he faced, was in no mood for clarification.

The 25-year-old is also confident Owen Farrell will be passed fit to play in the RBS 6 Nations encounter at Twickenham.

Pollock - nicknamed "lucky Jim" because his eight-Test global career included wins away at England, Ireland and Wales - had the chance to watch Cotter's Scotland up close when they trained at his school in Newcastle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

It's not yet known if Te'o will replace Farrell in the starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's encounter, and England have until an hour before kick-off at 16:00 to submit their final team.

Should Scotland upset the form book and beat England for the first time in the Six Nations since 2008 they will win the Triple Crown (awarded to the Home Nation who beats the other three countries in the tournament).

The Red Rose camp left key tactical information on view at a training session on Tuesday - and it gifted the Auld Enemy crucial insight for the crunch Calcutta Cup clash.

"International rugby is about taking risks not standing still and seeing what the opposition do so we have to be all guns blazing".

"Whatever combination we end up with at 10, 12, 13 (fly-half, inside centre, outside centre), we're happy".

Watson, who played in the opening two games of this year's Championship, takes the place of the injured John Hardie, who he came on for in the first half of the last game against Wales a fortnight ago. It's a bit too simple to say this is all about power v pace but England will certainly look to play a tighter game.

"It's a matter of withstanding that and making sure we apply pressure, take the initiative, and make them adapt to us".

"There's a lot of objective to it [training], a lot of focus, but I think the biggest thing is - and it's the same with England - I think there's a firm belief", he said.

It's a big game on Saturday and we're preparing to start well - we're not preparing not to start well.

Elliot Daly, a noted long-range goal-kicking specialist, is already in the team as a wing.

"England know how to win games but I don't think they've been winning as smoothly as they always have".

However, how much time Hogg will spend in attack will depend on his forwards and what sort of ball they can get for him.

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