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Six Nations 2024 – Scotland v England: Furbank recalled as Borthwick springs surprise

England coach Steve Borthwick has made five changes to his side for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

The inclusion of George Furbank at full-back is the eye-raising move with the Northampton man coming in for Freddie Steward, who is left out of the squad altogether.

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Furbank has won six caps and has been rewarded for his impressive form with the Saints this season.

Centre Fraser Dingwall, who started England’s 16-14 win over Wales a fortnight ago, is left out in favour of Ollie Lawrence while Danny Care, Dan Cole and Ellis Genge were also named in the XV.

Care makes his first Six Nations start in six years, coming in for the injured Alex Mitchell at scrum-half with props Cole and Genge replacing Joe Marler and Will Stuart.

There was no place for the fit-again Manu Tuilagi.

“We’re pleased with the start we’ve made to our Guinness Six Nations campaign but know that a difficult test awaits 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.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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