Venue: BT Murrayfield
Live on BBC Sport
Scotland will face an England side who stuttered badly against France but who are travelling north in strength, despite the absence of Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson. With a rookie at 15 and still some doubt over the best 8/9 combo as Ben Youngs is benched (one of just 2 backs there), there are perhaps chinks in the armour of a side who were World Cup finalists and who comprehensively dismantled the All Blacks at the same tournament.
Scotland have had an extra day to recover from their disappointing but better than expected loss to Ireland and will relish a return to a packed BT Murrayfield after 5 games on the road including that horror show of a World Cup.
Gregor Townsend has only made one change to the starting 23, bringing back Magnus Bradbury and moving Nick Haining to the bench which means Cornell du Preez drops out.
The unchanged back division will need to find better ways to finish their chances if the pack can get them some sort of platform. You doubt England will be as generous to us as they were against France.
History is in the past and a lot has changed since the 2018 win, not to mention it’s unlikely we’ll see a repeat of last year’s craziness. It does however represent a very rare chance for Scotland to win the Calcutta Cup for the third year, something not done for almost 50 years.
Another committed performance, please.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (capt), Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Nick Haining, George Horne, Rory Hutchinson, Chris Harris
England: George Furbank, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell (capt), Elliot Daly, George Ford, Willi Heinz; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Lewis Ludlam, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry.
Replacements: Tom Dunn, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs, Ollie Devoto.
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Part II of Kevin’s Calcutta Cup preview will follow shortly.