Saturday, February 2, 2013

ENGLAND v SCOTLAND Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations International Championship


Twickenham. The traditional ‘home’ of rugby
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Venue: Twickenham

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

The Calcutta Cup is contested annually between the two nations who played in the first ever rugby test match back in 1871. England are the holders.

This England side has the distinction of achieving a rare feat; A victory by a Northern Hemisphere side over the All Blacks.

Scotland’s Autumn test rugby programme was nothing short of a disaster. Having worked their way through an arduous summer tour down south, which saw a historic win over Australia, Scottish rugby reached a new low with the loss to Tonga in November; An event that saw coach Andy Robinson walk.

Scotland are at a new beginning. Interim head coach Scott Johnson has introduced one new player in Sean Maitland but otherwise has stayed with much the same side that lost to South Africa in mid-November.

Last Five Encounters
04.02.2012 England 13-6 at Murrayfield (Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations)
01.10.2011 England 16-12 in Auckland (World Cup, Pool B)
13.02.2011 England 22-16 at Twickenham (Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations)
13.03.2010 Drawn 15-15 at Murrayfield (Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations)
21.03.2009 England 26-12 at Twickenham (Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations)

Scotland has not won at Twickenham since 1983.

England Last Five P 5, W 2, D 1, L 2
01.12.2012 v New Zealand W 38-21 at Twickenham
24.11.2012 v South Africa L15-16 at Twickenham
17.11.2012 v Australia L14-20 at Twickenham
10.11.2012 v Fiji W 54-12 at Twickenham
23.06.2012 v South Africa D 14-14 in Port Elizabeth

Scotland Last Five P 5, W 2, L 3

24.11.2012 v Tonga L 15-21 in Aberdeen
17.11.2012 v South Africa L 10-21 at Murrayfield
11.11.2012 v New Zealand L 22-51 at Murrayfield
16.06.2012 v Fiji W 37-25 in Suva
05.06.2012 v Australia W 9-6 in Newcastle

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-England 1st, Scotland 7th
Europe Table-England 2nd, Scotland 7th

IRB Ranking Points
England 83.90, Scotland 75.83

Prediction: England by 13 points




15   Stuart Hogg  Glasgow Warriors
14   Sean Maitland  
13   Sean Lamont Glasgow Warriors
12   Mathew Scott Edinburgh Rugby
11   Timothy Visser Edinburgh Rugby
10   Ruaridh Jackson  Glasgow Warriors
9   Greig Laidlaw  Edinburgh Rugby
8   John Beattie Montpellier, France
7   Kelly Brown (Capt.) Saracens, England
6   Alasdair Strokosch  Perpignan, France
5   James Hamilton  Gloucester, England
4   Richard Gray  Sale Sharks, England
3   Euan Murray  Worcester Warriors, England
2   Ross Ford  Edinburgh Rugby
1   Ryan Grant  Glasgow Warriors
16   Ross Ford Edinburgh Rugby
17   Moray Low Glasgow Warriors
18   Geoffrey Cross  Edinburgh Rugby
19   Alastair Kellock  Glasgow Warriors
20   David Denton  Edinburgh Rugby
21   Henry Pyrgos  Glasgow Warriors
22   Duncan Weir Glasgow Warriors
23   Max Evans Castres, France
    HEAD COACH: Scott Johnson (Interim)



15   Alexander Goode Saracens
14   Christopher Ashton Saracens
13   Bradley Barrit Saracens
12   William Twelvetrees Gloucester Rugby
11   Michael Brown  London Harlequins
10   Owen Farrell  Saracens
9   Benjamin Youngs  Leicester Tigers
8   Benjamin Morgan  Gloucester Rugby
7   Christopher Robshaw (Capt.) London Harlequins
6   Thomas Wood  Northampton Saints
5   Geoffrey Parling  Leicester Tigers
4   Joseph Launchbury  London Wasps
3   Daniel Cole  Leicester Tigers
2   Thomas Youngs  Leicester Tigers
1   Joseph Marler London Harlequins
16   Dylan Hartley Northampton Saints
17   David Wilson  Bath Rugby
18   Mako Vunipola  Saracens
19   Courtney Lawes  Northampton Saints
20   James Haskell  London Wasps
21   Daniel Care  London Harlequins
22   Tobias Flood Leicester Tigers
23   David Strettle Saracens
    HEAD COACH: Stuart Lancaster

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