England's Vunipola duo vow to return stronger from injuries
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:19
England are attempting to match New Zealand's world record 18 straight Test victories when they welcome Scotland to Twickenham for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash.
Can England keep the momentum up and beat Scotland to reclaim their title as champions?
Cotter said: "England like running scenarios and they train under pressure, and that's why they are risky".
"They have a formula that is working well for them".
"We have another two games to go in this Championship and this next one is obviously pretty important". But when speaking to Calder, Deans, Pollock and John Beattie this week it was clear that there is a buoyancy about Scottish rugby - and not just because the fast-paced game that served the Scotland side of the early '80s so well has been fine-tuned and transported onto the modern stage.
"The players are keen when they get their hands on the ball to express themselves at Twickenham".
"England are a good team, but we are too".
"Playing away from home is always brilliant, but we know how tough it will be". We are very happy with the 23 we will have on the pitch. "The crowd will get behind him and he's a great player to play alongside". He will be given until kick-off to prove his fitness, but England have plenty of firepower to call upon with Ben Te'o a more than capable replacement.
While Italy opted not to contest the ruck in England's last match, Cotter has promised rival boss Eddie Jones a full-on physical contest tomorrow. As mentioned before, Scotland do not possess the carrying capacity of England and it's the Gray brothers who do most of the grunt work in this department.
"But in the second half they adapted well and scored a few tries. So we will be very happy".
"It's about us doing the fundamentals well". We're trying to focus on our own principles and philosophies. We respect each other and Eddie is good fun and good company.
"We're only looking ahead to what we can do as a team and how we can best prepare for the game at the weekend, rather than delving into the past". Also tough enough to shackle in-form Tim Visser.
"I think that's a good attitude to have and attitude will determine a big part of the game".
"We are very confident but as typical Scots we are very conservative in how we approach the game. But we need to be calm and composed".