Bennett on the mend

Date published: February 1 2016

Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor revealed that Mark Bennett could feature against England in their Six Nations opener.

The centre suffered a shoulder injury three weeks ago against Racing 92. However, Bennett recently returned to the training paddock. 

"It's his first day in terms of contact, so he's back in the mix," Taylor told the BBC.

"I think he has a good chance but he'll have to put his best foot forward. A fully-fit Bennett is a very good player. There is a reason he played so well in the World Cup, so it is great he is back in the mix."

Scotland face England on Saturday at Murrayfield in their annual Calcutta Cup clash. Matt Scott is the favourite to start at 12 on the weekend, so Bennett is competing with Duncan Taylor for outside centre.

"I think Duncan is caught between a rock and a hard place," quipped Taylor. 

"He feels like he has been giving out all this information on how Saracens, and now England, are defending. That is hard when there are other guys in our group from the likes of Gloucester and Bath who can benefit.

"But that is international rugby. We have been talking about how they defend and Duncan gives us an insight into what to expect. But we will be trying to concentrate on what we do."