Scotland ready to make the leap

Date published: January 27 2016

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Scotland boss Vern Cotter hopes that Murrayfield will be an imposing venue for England when they visit to open the Six Nations.

The Calcutta Cup fixture will also be Eddie Jones' first game in charge for England.

Scotland are coming off an impressive World Cup campaign which ended with a one-point loss in the quarter-finals.

"As much as they clearly go into this fixture as the preferred team we just want to make Murrayfield not a particularly nice place for them," Cotter said.

"We're doing our damn best to make sure he has no comfortable day, we'll be rolling our sleeves up and giving it our best shot."

Scotland haven't lifted the Calcutta Cup since their last defeat of England at Murrayfield back in 2008.

Cotter however feels that even though the challenge of winning the Six Nations is extremely difficult that his squad are ready for the next step as they continue to improve.

"It's the collective effort that we like to see, that selflessness that exists within this group and the trust between players," Cotter added.

"I hope a whole lot of players step up and get noticed in this competition, not just two or three.

"The last Six Nations was very frustrating for us, and we used that frustration to propel us into the World Cup. The next challenge is the Six Nations, and I think the team, though we understand as we are ranked the fifth team, it's going to be tough.

"But we enjoy improving, working together, and there's belief and trust to try to win every one of these games we're playing. But we know how difficult that will be."

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