Scotland vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby build-up ahead of Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield



Six Nations: Eddie Jones says Scotland carry burden of being ‘red-hot favourites’

Follow live coverage as Scotland host England in what promises to be a thrilling Six Nations contest at Murrayfield.

Saturday’s hosts have won three of the last four meetings between the two old rivals and while bookmakers are backing England to win this time, it is long been known as a fixture full of pitfalls. For the visitors Tom Curry steps in as captain after injury ruled Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes out of contention with the 23-year-old back row becoming the country’s youngest skipper since Will Carling in 1988. Marcus Smith has held off the challenge of George Ford to continue at fly-half in what is an attacking selection from head coach Eddie Jones.

The swirling wind and driving rain forecast for the game should play into Scottish hands with Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg well versed in the nuances of kicking in difficult conditions at Murrayfield. Jones insists the stage is set for Gregor Townsend’s team, but also wonders if they can deliver. “It’s the first time I’ve had the experience of going up there when Scotland have been red-hot favourites. They’re expected to win,” Jones said ahead of this one.

Follow all the latest updates and analysis in the live blog below:

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Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:58

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Ireland 29-0 Wales, 68 minutes

Wales join the maul through the side door and are penalized. Once more for the corner Ireland will go, and Dan Sheehan hits his jumper…

He hurries to the back but is told to break away after losing his grip on the man in front of him. Sheehan fails to do so, and the accidental offside call from Jaco Peyper means it will be a Welsh scrum feed.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:55

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Ireland 29-0 Wales, 66 minutes

Ireland can’t make the most of it, Wales scrambling to be first to kick through, and eventually clearing. Cian Healy and Ryan Baird lend their fresh legs to the Ireland pack.

Both are involved in their first movement on the pitch, and Ireland win a penalty which Joey Carbery kicks for the corner. It looks like Garry Ringrose is now stationed on the right wing with James Hume in the midfield alongside Bundee Aki.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:53

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Ireland 29-0 Wales, 64 minutes

Now Johnny Sexton takes leave, with Joey Carbery on for the Ireland captain.

And that’s a good start – a clipped kick of perfect weight, like an eight-iron for the green set to land within a meter of the touchline. Josh Adams slides to try and gather it but his momentum carries the center into touch. Ireland will have the lineout throw.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:51

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Ireland 29-0 Wales, 63 minutes

The benches continue to empty with Dan Sheehan and James Hume on for their first Six Nations appearances in Irish green. That’s an international debut for the impressive center Hume, who has stood out at Ulster this year.

Josh Adams is back with us and reintroduces himself rather unpleasantly to the ribs of Caelan Doris, forcing the ball free, but a Wales carrier is isolated and Ireland win a turnover penalty.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:49

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TRY! IRELAND 29-0 Wales (Garry Ringrose try, 60 minutes)

Ireland almost immediately rips the ball free from Welsh hands after the next lineout, and there are great open expanses for the outside backs as they shift it to the right.

Johnny Sexton’s conversion is ugly, but Ireland have that bonus point score and are beginning to charge.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:48

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Ireland 24-0 Wales, 58 minutes

A scrum penalty will allow Ireland to return to the left corner as they draw their spears and prepare to hunt a bonus point try…

Not this time! Caelan Doris is over-excited and squeezes past James Ryan before the lifted lineout player can come to the floor and form the maul. He is penalised, and Wales survive – for now.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:44

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Ireland 24-0 Wales, 57 minutes

There are Welsh hands on heads as Liam Williams drops the ball at the end of another reasonably toothless amble in attack, still a player short of their opponents. About two minutes left on Josh Adams’ yellow card, by the way.

Gareth Davies replaces Tomos Williams at scrum-half.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:42

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Ireland 24-0 Wales, 56 minutes

And that’s another disappointing moment for Dewi Lake in his opening international skirmishes, asked to throw a tough dart to the back of a lineout. It wobbles on the wind and into Irish hands.

Harry Latham Coyle5 February 2022 15:40


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