Ford starts at 10 for England against Scotland

Eddie Jones talks to George Ford

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Scotland at Murrayfield with Dylan Hartley as captain and three vice captains.

The match is Jones’ first since being named England head coach last November and he has named Owen Farrell, Mike Brown and Billy Vunipola as vice captains.

Owen Farrell starts the match at inside centre with George Ford at flyhalf and at scrum-half Danny Care gets the starting jersey.

Joe Marler is named at loosehead prop with George Kruis partnering Joe Launchbury in the second row.

Courtney Lawes is fit enough to be named among the replacements which include three debutants – Jack Clifford, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto.

Harlequins’ Chris Robshaw starts at blind-side flanker, James Haskell is installed at open-side with Billy Vunipola at No 8.

Vunipola is one of three vice-captains along with Farrell and full-back Mike Brown.

Between them Jones’ side have 512 international caps as they aim to retain the Calcutta Cup, a trophy they have held since 2008.

“There were some tight calls on selection, but we have picked a match-day squad with a blend of experience and youth,” said Jones.

“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.”

Jones also thanked previous Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, adding he was positive England can seal victory in Scotland,

“We are indebted to the work Stuart Lancaster has done over the last four years,” he said. “I have inherited a talented and highly motivated group of players.

“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.”


15. Mike Brown (vc),14. Anthony Watson,13. Jonathan Joseph ,12. Owen Farrell (vc),11. Jack Nowell,10. George Ford ,9. Danny Care,1. Joe Marler ,2. Dylan Hartley (c)3. Dan Cole ,4. Joe Launchbury,5. George Kruis ,6. Chris Robshaw ,7. James Haskell ,8. Billy Vunipola (vc)

Replacements: 16. Jamie George,17. Mako Vunipola ,18. Paul Hill ,19. Courtney Lawes ,20. Jack Clifford ,21. Ben Youngs,22. Alex Goode,23. Ollie Devoto,

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