Rugby Union: England Name 3 New Caps in Starting XV to Face Scotland

England have named a fresh looking squad to face Scotland at Murrayfield in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations 2012 opening fixture, the Calcutta Cup.

The starting lineup contains a bold selection of three new caps: centre pairing Brad Barrit and Owen Farrell of Saracens, in addition to No. 8 Phil Dowson of Northampton Saints.

A further five uncapped players make the list of substitutes in the newest looking England RBS 6 Nations squad for many a season. Those players are Rob Webber (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) and Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins).

England’s Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, said of the selection:

“We have been impressed with how the whole group has come together in the last 10 days and we have done a lot of work on and off the field.”

“Now is the time to turn all that into a performance against Scotland that we can all be proud of. It is a massive challenge – Murrayfield, the first game of the Six Nations – but one we are relishing.”

England Starting XV v Scotland – RBS 6 Nations 2012

  • 15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
  • 14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
  • 13 Brad Barritt (Saracens)*
  • 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)*
  • 11 David Strettle (Saracens)
  • 10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
  • 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
  • 1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
  • 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
  • 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
  • 4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
  • 5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
  • 6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
  • 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt)
  • 8 Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)*

Replacements

  • 16 Rob Webber (London Wasps)*
  • 17 Matt Stevens (Saracens)
  • 18 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)*
  • 19 Ben Morgan (Scarlets)*
  • 20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)*
  • 21 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)*
  • 22 Mike Brown (Harlequins)

* Denoted uncapped player.

Scotland v England will kick-off at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET) on Saturday 4th February 2012 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.

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