Jack Nowell returns to England line-up for Scotland clash


The hosts were trying to prevent Scotland registering their first win in London in 36 years. Billy Vunipola and Brad Shields were among the stars in action, with defence coach John Mitchell leading the session.

George Ford rescued England from the biggest comeback in Six Nations history as his 84th-minute try earned a 38-38 draw with Scotland at Twickenham. And it must be said that their familiar failings returned. Judging by the four tries scored by Scotland in the third quarter here, it remains a problem - and it is with their "psyche", according to Eddie Jones.

Doesn't mean Eddie Jones won't still be desperate for victory in the oldest worldwide rugby match of them all. Jones talks of his side being "seduced by the scoreboard", a tendency to lose control and prove unable to take it back, as a "recurring theme". Because, for all that England, in the end, avoided the ultimate embarrassment, Jones will be spitting blood.

And captain Owen Farrell - who has withdrawn in the second half as England chased a turnaround - went along with his head coach's assessment.

Farrell had just been penalised for a shoulder barge, was lucky to avoid a yellow card and had lost his composure in his dealings with the referee, Paul Williams.

"It is the last week of the tournament so it's exciting", Jones said. He is not alone culpable but in a roundabout way, this was a good day for Dylan Hartley. It's great to retain the Calcutta Cup and I won't lie, it's a good feeling even though it was a draw.

"That's what's pleased me the most, the clarity with which we can play the game and the way we are becoming adaptable".

Jones has a schedule based on the summer's four World Cup warm-up Tests that will develop the 21-year-old in time for Japan 2019, but is also wary of the hype generated by his marauding display.

If Wales beat Ireland in Cardiff earlier on Saturday they will be crowned champions and complete a Grand Slam.

Before today, England, Ireland and Wales looked very evenly matched. He was majestic in attack, fizzing long passes, setting up Jack Nowell for the opening try, flicking offloads inside and, with Daly, carving Scotland open.

"We played some brilliant rugby but again we should have been further ahead at half time and the game should have been put to bed".

There were mixed emotions for Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend afterwards.

"We gave England a lot of what they wanted in the first half", he added.

The one-way traffic was halted when Stuart McInally charged down an Owen Farrell kick, grabbed the ball and won the race to the line, shrugging off a tackle by May in the process.

"Darcy Graham in his second start for Scotland scored two tries and was outstanding in defence as well".