Townsend makes one change to Scotland team for Calcutta Cup

Magnus Bradbury comes into the Scotland side to face England.

Townsend makes one change to Scotland team for Calcutta Cup SNS

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made just one change to his side as they prepare to face England in the Calcutta Cup clash on Saturday.

Number eight Magnus Bradbury returns to the side after recovering from a thigh injury, with Nick Haining dropping to the bench after making his debut in last week’s 19-12 loss to Ireland.

Townsend said he was taking the positives from the Six Nations opener and is hopeful his players can raise their game again when they meet their rivals at Murrayfield.

“We were proud of parts of our performance in Dublin at a very difficult venue,” he said. “The challenge for the squad is to replicate that level and take our chances when they come, in order to win tight games.

“We were disappointed not to beat Ireland but the opportunity to face England, against whom we are bidding to retain the Calcutta Cup, is one that excites players, coaches and supporters alike.

“England are an excellent team whose run to the Rugby World Cup final was no fluke.

“They will be smarting from their opener in Paris and (head coach) Eddie (Jones) will have them primed to come to Edinburgh and put in an improved performance.

“This famous fixture is one that stands out given the history surrounding it and we will have to be at our very best to stand a chance of winning against our oldest rivals.”