Six Nations: England v Scotland (Saturday)

Mako Vunipola left and Billy Vunipola are back in England contention

Eddie Jones has resisted the temptation to put Billy Vunipola straight back into England's starting XV against Scotland on Saturday, instead naming the No8 among the replacements after selecting a side that features three changes for the Calcutta Cup match. "My dog was running around and he ran into it".

Jones refused to reveal the exact nature of Farrell's injury and gave contradictory answers as to whether the knock would sideline the 25-year-old from the Triple Crown decider at Twickenham. It's as simple as that.

When it was pointed out that his answers could be construed as ambiguous, Jones added: "Yeah, but I think he'll be all right, is that okay?"

However, I can see England taking this match by the scruff of the neck and going on to win with relative ease and based on their last two meetings, 15-9 (2016) and 25-13 (2015) I think backing England on the alternative margin (1-12pts) at 15/8 (Coral) is the best approach. We've got some great goal kickers.

"We know more or less what's coming and it's just a matter of withstanding that".

Should Farrell end up not making it - Hartley, who shares a room with him, is confident the fly-half will be fit - George Ford would take over the goal-kicking duties and Ben Te'o would slot into the starting midfield, with Alex Lozowski the next fly-half off the rank.




With Anthony Watson back to fitness, he returns to the bench which means that Jonny May is the casualty and drops out of the team and out of the matchday squad.

Replacements: J George (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), B Vunipola (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins), B Te'o (Worcester), A Watson (Bath).

He added: "I congratulate Joe Marler on his 50-cap milestone".

"[Billy's] always in with a chance, he's one of our best players, but he's not ready to start yet", he explained.

Jones' men are only two wins away from equalling New Zealand's incredible record of 18 wins on the bounce and the return of Vunipola might prove to be a massive boost in their mission to make that record their own.

Related news:

Hot News

Spicer says WikiLeaks, email hacks not the same
Mar 10, 2017 - 00:52
White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrongly claimed Wednesday that a Fox News reporter had his phones tapped while Barack Obama was president.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sean 'Diddy' Combs remembers rapper Notorious BIG, 20 years after his death
Mar 10, 2017 - 00:52
Biggie, real name Christopher George Latore Wallace, was shot and killed at the age of 24 in Los Angeles, California. Notorious B.I.G.'s music has been a fixture at Nets games since the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 2012.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Analyst Sights on Price Reaction History: General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)
Mar 10, 2017 - 00:49
Also, insider Stefan Jacoby sold 2,540 shares of General Motors Company stock in a transaction on Monday, January 9th. Finally, Bridgeway Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in General Motors Company by 25.3% in the second quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ricky Wagner expects to sign with Lions, sources say
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:44
With Wagner, there could also be some concern because he struggled in 2015 between a good 2014 season and a standout 2015 season. Both Minnesota and Chicago had serious offensive line problems in 2016, and both were reportedly seeking out Wagner's services.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Want to eat like Tom Brady? There's a meal service for that
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:43
Of course, Tom Brady has always been known as a notoriously joyless health-conscious eater. You know them more so by their names like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CONCACAF announce full Gold Cup schedule
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:41
Defending champion Mexico, the favorite heading into this year's tournament, is the top seed in Group C. Martinique and the victor of a playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua round out the group.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mumbai Mayor Election: Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar appointed as Mumbai's Mayor
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:40
According to a report in The Indian Express , incumbent mayor Snehal Ambekar conducted the election. Shiv Sena's mayor and Deputy mayor candidates Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Hemangi Worlikar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China warns U.S. over long-range anti-missile system deployed in South Korea
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:40
USA disarmament ambassador Robert Wood condemned the tests as North Korea's latest violation of UN Security Council resolutions. It could come online as early as next month, South Korea's Yonhap News reported .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Patriots make trade for Colts TE Dwayne Allen
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:39
Indianapolis may have moved on from Allen with Doyle's ascension, but the Patriots clearly have a use for him up in Foxborough. Allen isn't coming off a great season, with just 406 yards on 35 catches, but he is a good red-zone threat and a good blocker.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paterson Mayor Jose Torres Accused of Corruption
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:39
Torres, the first Hispanic mayor of Paterson, won his first term in 2002 as a Democrat and was re-elected in 2006. If convicted, he could be sentenced to spend up to 10 years in prison or pay up to $150,000 in fines.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Football League sources: Bank of America to back Raiders Las Vegas stadium
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:50
Adelson helped spearhead a $750 million hotel tax toward the project, while the Raiders are contributing $500 million. Apparently Bank of America has stepped up to provide just that, a reported $1.9 billion domed stadium in Sin City .

Al Franken Call Jeff Sessions' Russia Answer 'Insulting'
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:50
Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions has denied misleading a Congressional hearing on his meetings with Russian Federation . Maryland's US attorney was grilled Tuesday on Capitol Hill with Russian Federation as the main focus of senators' questions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weather Service Teams to Survey MO Tornado Damage Tuesday
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:47
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Local media reports also described damage to planes and hangars at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe , Kansas.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India's tallest Tricolour 360 feet high hoisted at Attari border
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:45
The new tricolor flag is hoisted on a 360 feet high pole where the length of the flag is 120 feet and the breadth is 80 feet . Amritsar: India has hoisted the tallest tricolour at a distance of about 150 metres from the India-Pakistan border.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Windy and dry weather lead to fire risk
Mar 07, 2017 - 00:50
Numerous areas will have sustained winds of at least 20 to 40 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour . Another warm up starts Wednesday as the high reaches the low 60s, and further increases to the low 70s Thursday.