What already seemed a difficult task for Scotland for their trip to England for the Calcutta Cup clash has been made even tougher by the announcement that back three players Stuart Hogg, Blair Kinghorn and Tommy Seymour will all miss out. Scotland will be keen to potentially stop the auld enemy winning the championship. Of course for this to be the case Ireland must beat grand slam chasing Wales in Cardiff.

Scotland have been hit with injuries to key players both before and during this year’s championship which has appeared to hamper their results and performances. Hamish Watson returned with a barnstorming performance at the weekend and will surely start against England. The back row is another area which has been severely depleted with long term injuries to Ryan Wilson and John Barclay.

Ruaridh Jackson and uncapped Kyle Steyn have been called into the Scotland squad as cover for the back three.

Scotland have only beaten the Italians so far in this campaign and a win against England is very unlikely given their injury woes and their record against England, particularly at Twickenham where they haven’t won since 1983. The injuries to Hogg and Seymour will be of particular hindrance to the effectiveness of the struggling Scottish attack. For much of the second half against the Welsh they had the majority of possession and territory in the second half but could not find the cutting edge to penetrate the Welsh defence. Gregor Townsend will be hoping this isn’t the case at Twickenham.


Written by Stefan Hamilton