England scrum-half Youngs issues warning ahead of Calcutta Cup clash

England scrum-half Ben Youngs warns Scotland his side plan to hunt them down with a ‘white wave’ ahead of Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham

  • England are looking to retain the Calcutta Cup in their clash with Scotland
  • They are hoping to mark the 150th anniversary of the fixture with a powerful win 
  • England took the win in the fixture last year with a 13-6 win at Murrayfield

England are plotting to hunt down Scotland’s mavericks with a ‘white wave’ in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup.

Four of the England starting XV have not played for two months but have been conditioned to physically dominate their rivals at Twickenham.

‘When we are in sync, we have that synergy and are going after teams. It is a wave of white shirts, so whenever a bloke has the ball he gets surrounded,’ said scrum-half Ben Youngs. 

Ben Youngs has warned that England will hit the ground running during the Calcutta Cup clash

‘It is great to be a part of. I train against it a lot. You take people on and at times you feel you are in a straitjacket.

‘You go into those areas to challenge those guys and you get gobbled up at times. It gives us a huge amount of energy.’

England are hoping to mark the 150th anniversary of the fixture with a powerful victory, after a series of close encounters. 

The last three meetings have ended in a defeat, draw and a victory, with Finn Russell usually proving to be the standout Scottish performer.

‘To be honest, the last few encounters sharpen the mind,’ said Youngs. ‘We respect Scotland and the way they play. Russell is a bag of tricks. 

‘We’ve done our homework on him and hopefully that is enough to keep him restrained. But the guy can make things happen. Our job is to cut down his time and space.

England won the last time the two sides met in the Six Nations with a 13-6 win at Murrayfield

‘I think with him and Cameron Redpath at 10 and 12 they will try to play wide and get around the outside of our blitz defence. We are expecting that, so I’m sure it will make for an exciting game.’

Youngs played down concerns that a lack of game-time among the England squad could leave the hosts rusty, adding: ‘I know some guys have had a lot more of a rest than others but they are quality players, they don’t forget how to play rugby. The fitness levels of the Saracens guys coming back in have been outstanding.

‘We train at an intensity that is like in matches and we’d hope that we can carry that through. I’m excited to see us as an England team that is physically fresh and mentally fresh and hit the tournament running.’

Eddie Jones questioned during the week whether Scotland have the bottle to cope with the expectation of the fixture.

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg responded on Friday, saying: ‘It is a challenge every single one of us is excited about. We have a huge amount of knowledge and experience so hopefully we can close out matches. 

‘For us this is a chance to create our own little bit of history. It’s the 150th year of the first fixture between Scotland and England and it’s a special occasion.’

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg insisted they have the bottle to cope with intensity of the fixture

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