Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Scotland retain Calcutta Cup despite Ford heroics in epic

Scotland retain Calcutta Cup despite Ford heroics in epic

Joe Cokanasiga has been dropped from England's matchday 23 for its final Six Nations game against Scotland, despite turning in a man-of-the-match display against Italy last weekend.

Only five days earlier the 18-stones Bath battering ram was named man for the match for swatting aside Italian defenders easily in a performance that Sir Clive Woodward declared evoked memories of Jonah Lomu. "I think we are clearly getting really good clarity about the way we want to play and the way we can be the best in the world".

"Joe's a good, young player and we're looking after him", Jones told reporters at England's training base in Bagshot, southwest of London, on Thursday.

"In the first 15 minutes, we were conceding tries and our natural response is to try and play and score tries and win back the scoreboard", explained the coach.

'We've got a good plan in place for him [Cokanasiga].

Jones has reverted to his first-choice midfield, with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres.

Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson are the other players to be recalled by Eddie Jones, with Ben Te'o, Ellis Genge and Brad Shields dropping to the bench.

Starting number nine Ben Youngs will become England's most capped scrum-half on Saturday, overtaking Danny Care with his 85th outing.

By the time England kick off at 1700GMT they will know whether they are playing for the title - if Ireland have beaten Wales earlier in the day - or just the Calcutta Cup should Wales triumph in Cardiff to secure a Grand Slam.

Darcy Graham had mixed emotions after full-time of Scotland's insane match against England.

"It is the last week of the tournament so it's exciting", Jones said.

"Scotland are a hard side - they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow", he added.

Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and, after winning their opening game of this year's Six Nations against Italy, they lost their next three amid a lengthy injury list.

Whatever happens, England will have had a far better Championship after losing their last three Six Nations matches to finish fifth last season. To respond the way we did in the second half, I was more than proud.

"We still have a long way to go don't get me wrong but it's going to be massively important for Saturday". 'It's about taking a measured approach at the start of their career, letting them develop their game and exposing them to the right games.

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