Hamish Watson returns to Scotland line-up for Calcutta Cup tie

Scotland's Hamish Watson has been recalled to Vern Cotter's starting XV to face England on Saturday
Scotland's Hamish Watson has been recalled to Vern Cotter's starting XV to face England on Saturday

Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson has made a comeback into the Scotland line-up for the upcoming Calcutta Cup encounter against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Watson, who was among the replacements in the clash against Wales, has taken the place of his Edinburgh team-mate John Hardie, who is ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury and is the only change in the XV that defeated Wales 29-13 in Round three. Uncapped Cornell du Preez has taken the place of Watson in the bench.

Scotland last won at Twickenham against England in 1983 and will take on a rampaging red rose team, who will be hoping to match New Zealand's world record of 18 consecutive wins.

"We have another two games to go in this Championship and this next one is obviously pretty important," said Vern Cotter. "There's a lot to play for and several reasons why we should be able to get up for this game.

"We've rested, recovered and prepared as best we can for this game. We've asked some questions of ourselves and the areas we think we can improve and we're confident we can play better as a team. That's our next challenge, to step that up.

"The challenge is for us to combine the best parts of our performances so far in this campaign in to one excellent performance at Twickenham this Saturday.

"We'll need that to put us in a position to win this game and will enjoy the challenge of doing that against an England team that hasn't lost in a while."

Scotland side to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday:

15-Stuart Hogg, 14-Tommy Seymour, 13-Huw Jones, 12-Alex Dunbar, 11-Tim Visser, 10-Finn Russell, 9-Alistair Price; 1-Gordon Reid, 2-Fraser Brown, 3-Zander Fagerson, 4-Richie Gray, 5-Jonny Gray, 6-John Barclay, 7-Hamish Watson, 8-Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: 16-Ross Ford, 17-Allan Dell, 18-Simon Berghan, 19-Tim Swinson, 20-Cornell du Preez, 21-Henry Pyrgos, 22-Duncan Weir, 23-Mark Bennett.


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