Rugby union: England skipper Chris Robshaw has called on his team-mates to carve out another piece of Calcutta Cup history when they host Scotland in tomorrow’s Six Nations opener.
Robshaw lifted the 144-year-old trophy at Murrayfield last year as England’s new brigade launched the Stuart Lancaster era with a battling 13-6 victory.
If England were taking a step into the unknown on that occasion, tomorrow they will run out in front of an expectant crowd at Twickenham.
Scotland have not won at the home of English rugby for 30 years and their most recent match ended in a humbling defeat to Tonga, a result which cost Andy Robinson his job as head coach.
England, meanwhile, return to the scene of their record triumph over New Zealand steeled for a Scottish backlash and determined to bring Twickenham to its feet again.
“It is always a massive occasion. We spoke in the week about the honour of playing in the oldest international rugby fixture in history,” Robshaw said. “You don’t get many opportunities to play special games like that.
“Both sides will be fully aware of what the game means and the history and rivalry between the two countries.
“It is a completely new challenge to last year. We were a new coaching team, new players and no-one really knew what to expect from us.
“This is a new challenge. People expect different things from us and as players it is about rising to that challenge.”
Interim Scotland head coach Scott Johnson has named a starting XV which includes five players with 10 caps or less.
New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland is a world champion with the All Blacks at under-19 and under-20 level but is untested at on the full international stage after switching allegiances to the land of his Glasgow-born grandparents.
Centre Matt Scott, meanwhile, has racked up just seven appearances for the side, while Edinburgh’s Dutch winger Tim Visser — another adopted Scot — has managed two fewer.