Brown and Lawes back for Scotland

Date published: March 11 2015

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Mike Brown will take his place at full-back as one of two changes to England's side to face Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.

Elsewhere Courtney Lawes comes into the second row in place of George Kruis to make his first appearance in this year's Six Nations.

Stuart Lancaster's team saw their Grand Slam hopes disappear with defeat in Ireland last time out, but can stay in championship contention with victory in the Calcutta Cup clash.

Brown, who missed the Dublin encounter because of a head injury he had suffered against Italy, is fit again, and comes into the team for Alex Goode.

Those are the only changes to the starting line-up, however there are three further changes on the bench.

Tom Croft was injured while playing for Leicester last weekend, and his place on the bench is taken by Tom Wood. Meanwhile Nick Easter also misses out, replaced by Geoff Parling and Kieran Brookes comes in for Henry Thomas

"There’s always a lot of competition for places and having experienced players like Courtney, Tom and Geoff available after playing well for their clubs in the last few weeks adds to our options," said Lancaster.

"It’s been an intense two weeks of training as everyone wants to be on that field on Saturday to put things right after Dublin and we have had to make some tough selection calls.   

"Coming back to Twickenham will be huge for us and we are determined to put in a performance against a strong and motivated Scotland team."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees

Date: Saturday, 14 March
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand

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