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No changes as England seek response

06th February 2014 09:33


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Wounded: England

England have named an unchanged starting XV and replacements bench for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland in Edinburgh.

For the first time in 23 matches in charge, England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been able to retain the same matchday 23 which was on duty at Stade de France for the trip to Edinburgh. In addition, London Wasps prop Matt Mullan will also travel as 24th man.

Gloucester's Jonny May has been passed fit after breaking his nose in the opening minutes of the 26-24 defeat to France in Paris, while Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell, impressive on their Test debuts last time out, get another opportunity to impress in their fledgling careers at the highest level.

Chris Robshaw leads England again from openside flanker, with England forwards coach Graham Rowntree's pack remaining unchanged for the third successive Test.

England have not scored more than 15 points at Murrayfield since 2004 and Lancaster knows a tough assignment awaits as he seeks to get a first win of the 2014 RBS 6Six Nations.

"It's good to be able to select the same players and they are all determined to put last week's result behind us and build on the performance," said Lancaster.

"Scotland will be hugely motivated by their defeat in Dublin and, as we found two years ago, Murrayfield is a tough place to play."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Brad Barritt, 23 Alex Goode

Date: Saturday, February 8
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kickoff: 17:00 GMT
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)

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