England team to play Scotland: 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

England team to play Scotland: 2024 Six Nations

Steve Borthwick names his England team to play Scotland in their 2024 Six Nations clash at Murrayfield this weekend with the coveted Calcutta Cup on the line.

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Jamie George will captain a side which has five changes to the starting XV who defeated Wales at Twickenham Stadium in round two of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations with Ellis Genge, Dan Cole, Ollie Lawrence, George Furbank and Danny Care all included.  

The 142nd meeting between England and Scotland sees hooker George pack down with vice-captain Genge onthe loosehead and Cole at tighthead; the two props winning their first starts of the Championship. 

At lock, vice-captain Maro Itoje is paired with Ollie Chessum. The back row sees Ethan Roots win his third cap at blindside flanker, with Sam Underhill on the openside and Ben Earl – named Guinness player of the match against Wales – at No.8. 

Scrum-half Care links up with vice-captain George Ford at 10. In midfield, inside centre Lawrence returns after injury to start his first game of the tournament alongside Henry Slade at 13. 

In the back three, Elliot Daly is named on the left wing, with Tommy Freeman on the right and Furbank is selected at full-back to win his seventh England cap. 

Amongst the replacements, George Martin returns to an England 23 for the first time since the 2023 Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Paris, having recovered from injury. The lock takes his place on the bench alongside Theo Dan, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Chandler Cunningham-South, Ben Spencer, Fin Smith and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso. 

Borthwick said:

“We’re pleased with the start we’ve made to our Guinness Six Nations campaign but know that a difficult testawaits us in Edinburgh against an in-form Scotland team,” said Borthwick.

“The atmosphere is always special for any Calcutta Cup match and I’m sure this weekend’s game at Murrayfield will be no different.

“This group of players are looking forward to the challenge on Saturday and to creating some very special memories.”

Following their heart-stopping triumph over Italy and a sensational comeback against Wales, Steve Borthwick’s men are brimming with confidence as they prepare to take on their northern foes.

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When does the Scotland versus England match take place? Scotland and England will clash on Saturday, February 24th, with the game starting at 4:45 PM (GMT).

Where will the Scotland versus England match be held? The match will take place at Murrayfield, the renowned venue for Scottish rugby.

How can I watch the Scotland versus England match on TV? You can catch the action live on BBC.

Who will be officiating the match? The referee for the game will be Andrew Brace from Ireland.

Previous meetings:

  • 2023: England 23-29 Scotland 
  • 2022: Scotland 20-17 England
  • 2021: England 6-11 Scotland
  • 2020: Scotland 6-13 England
  • 2019: England 38-38 Scotland
  • 2018: Scotland 25-13 England

England team to play Scotland:

15. George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)

14. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 59 caps)

12. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 21 caps) 

11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 66 caps)

10. George Ford (Sale Sharks, 93 caps) – vice captain

9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 98 caps) 

1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 59 caps) – vice captain

2. Jamie George (Saracens, 87 caps) – captain  

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 78 caps) – vice captain   

5. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 20 caps)

6. Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps)

7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 32 caps)

8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 27 caps)


16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 9 caps)

17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 90 caps)  

18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 35 caps)

19. George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps) 

20. Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, 2 caps)

21. Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)

22. Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

23. Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)

Sir Ian McGeechan Asked To Name His All-Time XV, He Said Only One ‘Unbelievable’ Player Is Guaranteed A Spot

Sir Ian McGeechan has unveiled his ultimate XV, omitting Paul O’Connell, David Campese, and Jonny Wilkinson from his lineup.

In his article for The Telegraph, the 74-year-old has chosen six New Zealanders, three Englishmen, two Welsh players, and one each from France, Scotland, and Ireland in his all-time greatest team.


Fullback: JPR Williams (Wales) – “Not a staggeringly original choice, I’ll admit. But to my mind the only one. If I’m going to be picking a dream XV then I want JPR at the back. No question, guarenteed starter.”

Left-wing: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) – “Illness and injury ultimately slowed him down. But his performances at the 1995 World Cup, just as the game was turning professional, will never be forgotten. The game needed a superstar, and it got one in Lomu. He was brilliant for rugby.”

Right-wing: John Kirwan (New Zealand) – “He had an all round game; he could carry the ball through heavy traffic, he could offload, he was like an extra back-rower at times. Plus, he had natural effortless pace. He ended up scoring 35 tries for the All Blacks and was instrumental as they went through their unbeaten spell of games between 1987 and 1990.”


Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – “His ability to get back on his feet after tackling to compete for the ball was extraordinary, and ensured he always had an impact on the game, whatever type of game it was. He was such a natural talent.”

Inside-centre: Philippe Sella (France) – “Sella and O’Driscoll were powerful men. They could stop a forward in his tracks. I think as a pair they would dominate any midfield and I like the thought of them together.”