Six Nations: Steve Borthwick drops Manu Tuilagi for Scotland opener

England take on Scotland on the opening weekend of the Six Nations as the Steve Borthwick era gets underway at Twickenham. Borthwick takes charge of England for the first time after replacing Eddie Jones and is first tasked with reclaiming the Calcutta Cup from the visitors.

Scotland have won their last two matches against England, who have not beaten Gregor Townsend’s team at Twickenham since 2017. Scotland opened last season’s Six Nations campaign with a victory over England at Murrayfield – although both teams finished the tournament with identical records of two wins and three defeats.

Both teams will be looking for improvement this year in order to mount a title challenge, as Borthwick looks to make the perfect start as England boss. Follow live updates from England vs Scotland below:


PENALTY! ENGLAND 23-19 Scotland (Owen Farrell penalty, 65 minutes)

Some significant strapping around his head proves no impediment for Owen Farrell. England extend their lead as Anthony Watson replaces Ollie Hassell-Collins.

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Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:13


England 20-19 Scotland, 63 minutes

Jamie Ritchie very nearly wins a turnover as England play inside the Scotland 22. Stuart Hogg twice nearly gets to Ben Youngs, on at scrum half for England, at the base of a ruck, with England unable to force any quick ball.

Hogg strikes at the third attempt, but there are hands in the ruck that follows. England penalty.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:12


England 20-19 Scotland, 62 minutes

Welcome back, Daniel. Jamie Bhatti is under immediate pressure from Dan Cole, with the tighthead’s first involvement in more than three years fittingly the earning of a scrum penalty.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:09


England 20-19 Scotland, 61 minutes

Farrell goes down again and gets some strapping on his head. It looks like he’ll continue, but there are changes elsewhere: Dan Cole makes an appearance in an England shirt for the first time since the 2019 World Cup final, joined in the front row fray by Mako Vunipola as Ellis Genge departs after a busy evening that has included seventeen carries.

Nick Isiekwe is on, too, for Ben Curry.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:08


England 20-19 Scotland, 60 minutes

Worries for England as Owen Farrell goes down and grabs his head after a tackle on Duhan van der Merwe, and more worries too as Scotland make pretty pictures up the right!

Stuart Hogg tosses infield…through the hands of Kyle Steyn and knocked on! Oh, how Scotland could rue that, two other blue shirts in support with English defenders rather less apparent.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:07


England 20-19 Scotland, 59 minutes

A new front row for Scotland: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti and Simon Berghan on, and Jack Dempsey in the back row, too.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:05


England 20-19 Scotland, 58 minutes

More fun stuff from England in attack. Owen Farrell attacks the line with Max Malins for company, Saracen to Saracen and the latter half through a hole. Ollie Chessum shows prominently and effectively once more, but Farrell and Marcus Smith end up both tied up in a ruck, and the hosts attack somewhat loses momentum. Smith tries to re-gather it with a trademark shimmy and skip to the outside, but is driven into touch.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:04


England 20-19 Scotland, 57 minutes

A fascinating England change: Ben Earl on in Alex Dombrandt’s place. They’ll lose a fair bit of height and muscle, but boy is Ludlam, Curry, Earl a dynamic trio.

The ball bounces free into Scottish hands and Finn Russell launches to the heavens, kicking across to Kyle Steyn’s wing but over-cooking it. Out on the full.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:02


England 20-19 Scotland, 55 minutes

It’s a mightily intriguing little game, this. Scotland are finding ways to score every time they have the ball in the England 22, which is nullifying the territorial advantage that the hosts continue to enjoy.

Jack van Poortvliet lifts a box kick too far behind the Scottish defence, Stuart Hogg shooing it over the dead ball line in relative comfort.

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Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 18:00


TRY! England 20-19 SCOTLAND (Ben White try, 51 minutes)

An opportunistic score from the Scottish scrum half! England largely handle the Scottish carriers but get themselves in a muddle when the ball bobbles inadvertendly away from a ruck. Ben Curry is torn between going for the ball and tackling Ben White, and ends up doing neither, allowing White to shed him rather easily, step by Freddie Steward and cross for the score.

Finn Russell’s conversion brings the gap back down to a single point.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:56

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