England vs Scotland, Six Nations 2017: what time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and our prediction

By | March 11, 2017

When and where is the game?

This Saturday, 11 March. It’s at Twickenham, the home of rugby. If you’re English…

It’s also Scotland’s chance to Six Nations Rugby Live win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1990. AND England have the chance to equal the record set by New Zealand for number of consecutive victories by a Tier One side.

What time is kick-off?

The Calcutta Cup will get started at 4:00pm.

What TV channel is it on?

ITV1 are broadcasting the game live. Their coverage starts at 3.30pm, following the conclusion of Italy vs France beforehand. You can, of course, follow all of the action right here with our liveblog.

Brothers Mako (left) and Billy Vunipola of England are on the bench
Brothers Mako (left) and Billy Vunipola of England are on the bench CREDIT: MATTHEW IMPEY/REX SHUTTERSTOCK

What is the team news?

Danny Care, Ben Te’o and Jonny May drop out for Ben Youngs (scrum-half), Jonathan Joseph (outside centre) and Jack Nowell (wing).

Joe Marler will win his 50th cap at loosehead while Maro Itoje continues at blindside flanker. The Vunipola brothers both make the bench.

England XV: M Brown (Harlequins); J Nowell (Exeter), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), E Daly (Wasps); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), M Itoje (Saracens), J Haskell (Wasps), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: J George (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), B Vunipola (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins), B Te’o (Worcester), A Watson (Bath).

Scotland Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live have recalled flanker Hamish Watson after injury to his Edinburgh club-mate John Hardie. Otherwise, Vern Cotter picks the same team that started against Wales last time out.

Hamish Watson returns to the Scottish XV
Hamish Watson returns to the Scottish XV CREDIT: ADAM DAVY/PA WIRE

Scotland XV: Hogg (Glasgow); Seymour (Glasgow), Jones (Stormers), Dunbar (Glasgow), Visser (Harlequins), Russell (Glasgow), Price (Glasgow); Reid (Glasgow), Brown (Glasgow), Fagerson (Glasgow), R Gray (Toulouse), J Gray (Glasgow), Barclay (Scarlets, capt), Watson (Edinburgh), Wilson (Glasgow).

Replacements: Ford (Edinburgh), Dell (Edinburgh), Berghan (Edinburgh), Swinson (Glasgow), Du Preez (Edinburgh), Pyrgos (Glasgow), Weir (Edinburgh), Bennett (Glasgow).

Three key stats

England have enjoyed their most recent matches against Scotland
England have enjoyed their most recent matches against Scotland CREDIT:INPHO/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

1. England are unbeaten in their last eight Six Nations games against Scotland (W7, D1), winning the last six on the bounce.

2. England’s Mike Brown is the leading metre-maker after three rounds of the 2017 Six Nations, accumulating 266 metres from 34 carries, an average of 7.8 metres per carry.

3. Scotland’s Jonny Gray tops the charts for tackles in this tournament so far (52) whilst his team mate Alex Dunbar tops the rankings for turnovers won (7). Jonny’s brother Richie has made more tackles (41) than anyone else without missing one so far.

What are they saying?

Strictly Editorial Use Only - No Merchandising. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Patrick Khachfe/JMP/REX/Shutterstock (8268799bb) England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones is all smiles during the pre-match warm-up England v France, UK - 04 Feb 2017 
England boss Eddie Jones will be hoping Scotland play more rugby than did Italy a fortnight ago CREDIT: KHACHFE/JMP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Eddie Jones, England head coach:

We’ve worked hard in this Six Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner.

Our preparation for Scotland has been very good. Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live Stream had two excellent training runs in Oxford last week and followed that up this week.

We’re focused on ourselves – we want to give our fans a really good performance. [Source]