Eddie Jones has painful personal memories of last season’s Calcutta Cup disaster and is promising to repay Scotland with a intensely hostile welcome at Twickenham on Saturday.
Jones remembers the pre-match tunnel bust up initiated by Ryan Wilsons’s intimidation of George Ford, the wild celebrations and comments by the Scottish players after their 25-13 victory and the personal abuse the England head coach suffered from rival fans at Manchester station the following day.
Jones said:”I think they have a healthy dislike of the English and we would certainly like to reciprocate the welcome we got up there last year. Twickenham is all leather patches, brogue shoes – it’s nice. You don’t get people telling you where to go, you don’t get people spitting on you, you don’t get people grabbing you round the head and telling you what you should do. So we’ll make sure the hostility is on the field.
“We saw how they carried on last year after they beat us. I remember everything that was said.”
Scrum half Ali Price admits injury ravaged Scotland are vulnerable but they won’t be merely making up the numbers against a fired up England.
The Scots are holding a medical assessment after their back three of Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour and Darcy Graham were all forced off during the 18-11 loss to Wales. Head coach Gregor Townsend has been robbed of John Barclay, WP Nel, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson, Finn Russell, Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg during the Six Nations and now heads to Twickenham were the Scots have not won for 36 years.
Price is adamant the Scots are ready for the challenge despite just one win in the Championship and told the BBC; “We can’t go down there thinking, ‘this is the last game so let’s just get it out the way’. That’s a shocking mentality. We can’t go down there feeling sorry for ourselves and let them take advantage of our vulnerability.
“People will say we’ve got nothing to play for – but we’ve got pride to play for, Scotland to play for. We want to put our all in and come away with a win.”
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