The opening weekend of the Six Nations will, for the third year running, pit England and Scotland against each other on matchday one. Matches between rugby's two oldest rivals have become increasingly even over the past few seasons, with the Calcutta Cup changing hands three times since 2018. After nine years under England's grasp from 2009 to 2017, Scotland have recorded three wins from five against their auld enemy, including in the last two Six Nations tournaments.
An historic 11-6 victory at Twickenham in 2021 was followed up on at Murrayfield last time around, with Finn Russell's penalty eight minute from time sealing a 20-17 win. A third consecutive victory over England, which would be just their second at Twickenham since 1983, would ensure Scotland hold the Calcutta Cup for the third year running – a feat they've not achieved since 1972.
🏠 The home of @EnglandRugby 🏴@Twickenhamstad provides the backdrop to the new Steve Borthwick era 🎇#AwakenAnticipation pic.twitter.com/2n3HA4CYzF— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 1, 2023
England, however, go into this game as a vastly different proposition to the side whom faced Scotland in 2021 or 2022, because their ship is now being steered by a new head coach, Steve Borthwick. The Roses' defeat to Scotland last year was the first of seven they would suffer in just 12 games, and that poor run of form cost Eddie Jones, who won three Six Nations titles and took England to the 2019 World Cup final, his job. Borthwick has brought in a new backroom team, as well as several new or once-forgotten players, meaning this game could well prove to be a baptism of fire for the new coach.
Looking to make it win number 46 at Twickenham against Scotland tomorrow 🌹#ENGvSCO pic.twitter.com/efgWKDFWGr— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 3, 2023
Scotland's 2022 form didn't slump to such lows, but coach Gregor Townsend will know that a strong showing in this year's Six Nations is the ideal way to prepare for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France later this year. Townsend has been at the helm for nearly six years now, and he'll be disappointed if his side don't come close to being title contenders in this year's competition.
It's a fixture not quite as old as time, but these two auld enemies have a history that goes back over 150 years. Their first international, played in 1871, finished 1-0 to Scotland in Edinburgh, and although Scotland would likely be thrilled with a one-point, low scoring victory at Twickenham this Saturday, the x-factor and skill present across both XV's suggests that we're in for anything but that.
🏆 The Calcutta Cup through the years.#GuinnessSixNations | #ENGvSCO pic.twitter.com/RFdxLkMlR0— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2023
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England vs Scotland kick-off time
England host Scotland in the Six Nations at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. The game kicks off at 4:45 p.m. GMT on Saturday, February 4, 2023.
Here are the kick-off times for this game around the world:
|UK||Sat, Feb. 4||16:45 GMT|
|Australia||Sun, Feb. 5||03:45 AEDT|
|Canada||Sat, Feb. 4||11:45 ET|
|New Zealand||Sun, Feb. 5||05:45 NZDT|
|USA||Sat, Feb. 4||11:45 ET|
|India||Sat, Feb. 4||22:15 IST|
|Singapore||Sun, Feb. 5||00:45 SGT|
|Malaysia||Sun, Feb. 5||00:45 MYT|
England vs Scotland live stream, TV channel
Here is how to watch the match in some of the major territories:
|—||fuboTV, Peacock, CNBC|
|ITV One||ITV X|
|—||Sky Sport NOW|
|—||Premier Sports Asia|
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USA: All games are streaming live on Peacock and will also be available through fuboTV. However, they will also be repeated on CNBC on delay, usually by a couple of hours.
Canada: All games are streaming live on DAZN.
UK: Matches will be shown on BBC and ITV, with S4C also broadcasting in Wales.
Australia: Six Nations coverage is provided by Stan Sport.
India: Premier Sports Asia is the main place to watch the Six Nations.
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England vs. Scotland confirmed lineups
Steve Borthwick's first England squad sees some new faces feature, several of whom have been brought straight into the New England coach's debut matchday 23. Marcus Smith and captain Owen Farrell will hope to further develop their 10-12 combination, with Joe Marchant starting outside the latter in the centres. Debutant Ollie Hassell-Collins plays down the left edge, with the hulking London Irish winger hoping to make a statement in his first international appearance.
◼️ Freddie Steward - 22 years old
◼️ Ollie Hassell-Collins - 24 years old
◼️ Max Malins - 26 years old
Steve Borthwick discusses our back three for #ENGvSCO 👇
In the pack, Jamie George has been passed fit to play after a concussion playing for Saracens ruled him out of the initial squad, and he starts at hooker. Harlequin Jack Walker is another debutant waiting in the wings, and should come on to replace George up front. Lewis Ludlam and Ben Curry, twin brother of England regular Tom, are also back in the international fold, and the pair will occupy each flank of the scrum from the off at Twickenham.
🏴 The @EnglandRugby 23 to face Scotland as the Steve Borthwick era begins at Twickenham on Saturday.#GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/F2gvgGTtnP— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2023
England starting XV: Freddie Steward, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Owen Farrell, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Marcus Smith, Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt.
England replacements: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs, Ollie Lawrence, Anthony Watson.— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 3, 2023
A 12-minute concussion injury to Ali Price in the 2022 fixture saw Stoke-born scrum-half Ben White make his international debut for Scotland, and what an impact he made in that short sliver of action. Scoring a runaway try, just six minutes after his introduction gave White a dream start to his Scotland career, and in this year's edition, he starts in the number nine jersey alongside Finn Russell, the maverick fly-half who kicked eight points in Scotland's 20-17 victory at Murrayfield.
Scotland's pack sees wholesale changes, with 2021 Player of the Tournament Hamish Watson absent from the 23 altogether and Luke Crosbie starting at openside in his place. Richie Gray also starts ahead of his younger brother Jonny, who is joined on the bench by Chris Harris. Harris is arguably Scotland's best defensive centre, with Townsend showing his intentions by picking the dynamic combination of Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones ahead of him.
Ben White starting at 9 😍#AsOne pic.twitter.com/IglN4h9ar1— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 2, 2023
Scotland starting XV: Stuart Hogg, Kyle Steyn, Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ben White; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Luke Crosbie, Matt Fagerson.
Scotland replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Jonny Gray, Jack Dempsey, George Horne, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Harris.
ICYMI: Your Scotland team to face England in Saturday's Calcutta Cup 🏴#AsOne pic.twitter.com/oZBnbpksef— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 2, 2023
England vs. Scotland odds
Despite England being under new leadership in the coaches' box and their poor showings in 2022, the hosts are still heavily backed to re-take the Calcutta Cup from Scotland by the bookmakers. Both Sky Bet and BetMGM have England at less than evens to win, forecasting 1/3 and 3/10 chances respectively of an England victory.
Sports Interaction and Ladbrokes both suggest similar, offering around $1.30 for England to beat their oldest rivals at Twickenham. They also price Scotland as at least $3.30 to win – over $2 more than England's likelihood of victory.
Scotland don't fare much better with Sky Bet or BetMGM either, with the two bookmakers offering 11/4 and 12/5 odds for Townsend's side to win. A draw is almost out of the question for all four to predict, with the shortest odds being Sky Bet's 20/1.