Edinburgh - Eddie Jones will be looking to
achieve what only one of England's previous four head coaches managed to
accomplish - an away victory against Scotland - when he starts his revival
mission with his new team in their Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on
Scotland might not have beaten England home
or away since 2008, but they have only lost at their Edinburgh base to English
sides led by Jones' immediate predecessor, Stuart Lancaster, since the reign of
Martin Johnson, Brian Ashton and Andy
Robinson all notably failed to notch victories against the Scots at Murrayfield
as England head coaches.
Lancaster opened his spell in charge,
initially as caretaker, with a 13-6 success away to Scotland in 2012, with a
starting XV featuring a trio of debutants - Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt and Phil
Dowson - and with Chris Robshaw as captain on only his second international
Having picked up the reins in the wake of
Lancaster's failure to guide England to the knockout stages of their home World
Cup last year, Jones has plumped for experience over youthful promise in his
first team selection as England's first overseas head coach, although the
uncapped Northampton prop Paul Hill, Harlequins back rower Jack Clifford and
Bath centre Ollie Devoto are all in line for debuts off the bench.
That is an acknowledgement of the task
facing an England side captained by the abrasive Northampton hooker Dylan
Scotland suffered a whitewash in last
year's Six Nations but came within a controversial refereeing decision of
making the last four in the World Cup, losing their Twickenham quarter-final
against Australia 35-34 after Bernard Foley's late penalty kick for the
"Playing at Murrayfield in front of a
passionate Scottish crowd will be a real test for this team but one I know we
can rise to," said Jones.
"We've had a good preparation and
we'll go in there confident about playing well."
Australian Jones secured his job as
successor to Lancaster, who also guided England to a 20-0 win at Murrayfield in
2014, on the back of his outstanding World Cup campaign in charge of Japan, who
achieved a stunning 34-32 win against South Africa but he has a personal score
The one pool loss that Jones' inspired team
suffered, 34-10 against Scotland in Gloucester, cost them a quarter-final
Scotland's head coach, Vern Cotter, is also
aiming to maintain the momentum of his squad's impressive World Cup campaign.
The native New Zealander has made only two
changes to the starting XV that took Australia to the brink in the
quarter-final, Scarlets flanker John Barclay coming in for Blair Cowan on the
blindside and Edinburgh's Matt Scott replacing the injured Peter Horne at
"England will want to dominate us but
I don't see why we shouldn't take them on at their strong points," said
"We're expecting them to be extremely
motivated and physical, and we're looking forward to that challenge."
Scotland are not short of motivation
They have only won one of their last 12
matches in the Six Nations and have not scored a try against England at
Murrayfield since Simon Danielli claimed a consolation effort in a 35-15 defeat
against Woodward's recently-crowned world champions in February 2004.