Six Nations 2016: England starts for Danny Care & Joe Marler

Six Nations 2016: England starts for Danny Care & Joe Marler

New head coach Eddie Jones has gone for experience over promise after selecting a battle-hardened England XV to open their Six Nations campaign against Scotland.

It means nine of the men who started England's last match - the meaningless World Cup win over Uruguay - will get the chance to kick-start the new regime.

When Stuart Lancaster's own spell began with the same fixture four years ago, his first XV featured three new caps and only six survivors of a team that had lost to France in the quarter-finals of the preceding World Cup.

Yet Jones has been far more conservative with Scotland chasing a first win over England in eight years.

It is five years now since England last won the Six Nations Championship and 13 since their last Grand Slam, but they have won on their past two visits to Murrayfield, keeping Scotland scoreless two winters ago.

However, with their hosts coming off a more successful World Cup - only a controversial late penalty decision denying them a place in the semi-finals - Saturday afternoon is likely to prove a testing baptism.

Speaking to reporters following Thursday's team announcement, Jones looked to be handling the pressure really well.

With his years of international coaching experience, the former Australia and Japan coach has seen bigger occasions than this - and, in a frenetic Six Nations build-up, his calmness is so far shining through.

"The boys have worked hard since coming into camp to understand how I want the team to play going forward," added Australian Jones.

"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."

England have selected Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loose-head prop for Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland. Former captain Chris Robshaw is moved across the back row to blind-side flanker, with James Haskell taking over at open-side.

Back rower Jack Clifford, prop Paul Hill and centre Ollie Devoto are set to make their international debuts off the bench at Murrayfield.

Lock Courtney Lawes is included among the replacements after passing a fitness test on his hamstring injury.

England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell; George Ford, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (captain), Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Paul Hill, Courtney Lawes, Jack Clifford, Ben Youngs, Alex Goode, Ollie Devoto.

– Entry was posted on February 4th, 2016 by James Haskell
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