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Eddie Jones could win a third Six Nations title with England on Saturday

Eddie Jones could win a third Six Nations title with England on Saturday

Eddie Jones could win a third Six Nations title with England on Saturday

Eddie Jones has taunted Scotland over their poor record at Twickenham by querying whether their last win there was in 1983 or 1883.

A third Six Nations crown of the Jones era is the prize at stake on Saturday when England seek a victory that, combined with Welsh failure to complete the Grand Slam against Ireland.

Injury-ravaged Scotland are big underdogs as a disappointing tournament limps to a close at a venue where they have not won since 1983 – a sorry run spanning 17 Tests – and it is that statistic that Jones seized upon to mock Gregor Townsend’s side.

“Since 1883? 1983, okay. If we impose our game on Scotland it’ll be pretty tough for them,” Jones said.

“We’re not playing Mars or Pluto, we’re playing Scotland. They’ve got passion and play the game a certain way.

“We’ve got passion about playing for England. It’ll be about which side comes out with most intensity and desire and that’ll be us.

If we impose our game on Scotland it’ll be pretty tough for them.

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“There’s a great deal of urgency about what we want to do, how we want to play, the point we want to prove.

“We want to be the best team in the world and we know we’re not the best team in the world, but we’ve got an opportunity to show that we’re the best team in the Six Nations. And we’re not going to miss that opportunity.

“We’re nowhere near our best, we’re just slowly getting there. We’ll be at our best for the Six Nations on Saturday. There will be a bit of an explosion.

“We’ve had a great week this week and we are absolutely excited by the prospect of finishing well.”

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For all the misery inflicted upon Scotland at Twickenham, they enter the 137th instalment of the oldest rivalry in international rugby in possession of the Calcutta Cup after prevailing 25-13 at Murrayfield a year ago.

That defeat began England’s five-Test losing run that placed Jones’ future in doubt, but since then two key coaches have been added to the staff – New Zealander John Mitchell and Australian Scott Wisemantel.

It is Wisemantel’s first Six Nations and the attack coach joked he is aware of the historical significance of the cross-border clash having seen ‘Braveheart’, Mel Gibson’s film based on William Wallace who fought against England in the First War of Scottish Independence.

Scotland beat England at Murrayfield last win to lift the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008 Scotland beat England at Murrayfield last win to lift the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008

Scotland beat England at Murrayfield last win to lift the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008

“I’ve watched Braveheart a few times! I read up on the history of the Calcutta Cup and it’s quite interesting,” Wisemantel said.

“It’s just such a long time it’s been going. It’s more than a rugby game, sometimes. There are historical links for the supporters.

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“I’ve never experienced the Six Nations in a coaching capacity, I’ve always been a spectator and it’s special. It’s a great tournament, it really is. It’s brilliant,” the Australian said.

“While you’re in it, you just do your job and do it as well as you can. Afterwards you think about it and you go ‘wow, that’s pretty special’.”

Ben Youngs says England want to produce a ruthless performance against Scotland Ben Youngs says England want to produce a ruthless performance against Scotland

Ben Youngs says England want to produce a ruthless performance against Scotland

Ben Youngs will become England’s most capped scrum-half on Saturday with 85 appearances, making his debut against at Murrayfield nine years ago.

“Whenever you play Scotland, [the niggle] is as much bred in us as it is bred in them,” he said. “It’s a huge fixture because there’s a huge amount of history.

“There is no denying we want to be unbelievably physical and we want to be ruthless in how we go about the performance.

“If guys want to draw on what’s happened before, that is fine. It’s whatever individually gets you right.

“We want the best performance of the tournament so far. How you get that individually it is up to you.”

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