Eddie Jones reveals starting XV for Scotland clash
England’s record in the past five RBS 6 Nations tournaments has been identical with four wins and a defeat each season
Danny Care will start at scrum-half for England, which is his first start in the last 18 months
Joe Marler is preferred to Mako Vunipola
Eddie Jones has selected Quins duo Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.
Care is preferred to Leicester’s Ben Youngs, while Marler gets in ahead of Saracens Mako Vunipola.
Back rower Jack Clifford, prop Paul Hill and centre Ollie Devoto are set to make their international debuts off the bench at Murrayfield.
Lock Courtney Lawes is included among the replacements after passing a fitness test on his hamstring injury.
Head coach Eddie Jones said: “There were some tight calls on selection, but we have picked a match-day squad with a blend of experience and youth.
“The boys have worked hard since coming into camp to understand how I want the team to play going forward. We have prepared well and I am pleased with the progress the group has made in the short time we’ve had together.
“We are indebted to the work Stuart Lancaster has done over last four years. I have inherited a talented and highly motivated group of players.
“We are confident we can go to Edinburgh and win, but we’re in no doubt it will be a huge challenge. Playing at Murrayfield in front of a passionate Scottish crowd will be a real test for this team but one I know we can rise to.
“We have named three vice-captains in Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Mike Brown who will support Dylan Hartley with his leadership responsibilities.”