England target All Blacks record - can Scotland stop them?

Trevor Jackson
March 11, 2017

England will be looking for a record-equalling 18 Test victories in Tier One rugby when they take on Scotland at Twickenham in their Six Nations clash on Saturday.

The Saracens centre did not take part in any drills or kicking practice after limping out of a session on Thursday.

Farrell limped out of training at England's Pennyhill Park HQ this morning. "All we've got to do is play well on Saturday, that's all we've got to worry about", Jones said, refusing to be drawn on what he views as extraneous concerns.

Not many will be laughing as the injury to England's goal-kicker, poses a potential blow to a side vying for a world record 18th consecutive win, a record that would be shared with the All Blacks.

"But I don't think we are a team under pressure. My dog was running around and he ran into it".

"Owen just ran into someone at training - it's as simple as that. He'll be alright, possibly".

"We've got some great goalkickers - George Ford", added Jones. I think other countries still underestimate Scotland and our game is changing all the time. He should be right. We've got plenty of back-ups.

What England are saying: "We want to play well".

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Jones hinted that should Farrell be forced out of the game through injury then Ben Te'o would be ready to come in and start at inside centre, forming a new partnership with Jonathan Joseph.

I can't see Italy getting anything at home against France - this is a game which should cement their position at the bottom of the table. He says Saturday's matchday squad is "probably the strongest" they have picked "for a long time" and like questions over the whiteboard, he dismissed any notion they are starting games poorly.

The last time Scotland beat England Twickenham was way back in 1983 when a certain Roy Laidlaw scored the only try of the game as Scotland won 22-12.

The powerful No 8 is set to make his first appearance of this season's Championship having recovered from knee ligament damage, proving his fitness by playing 72 minutes for Saracens last weekend.

Poite responded to one enquiry with the line "I am a referee, I am not a coach", but Haskell refuses to be embarrassed and will persevere with his ambition of making use of platforms like Twitter and Instagram a more pleasant experience.

"Nathan is going really well for us, we're happy with the way he's going".

"We've been ahead at the 80th minute mark and that's the only time that counts".

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