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“Two wins is great so far but England pose toughest challenge,” says Barclay The Scrum

EDDIE JONES DID little to clear up an injury scare for Owen Farrell ahead of England's Six Nations match with Scotland on Saturday, providing mixed messages over the playmaker's availability in a mischievous news conference.

Scotland's current iteration might not have quite beaten Australia but the manner of this season's victories over Ireland and Wales have given them belief.

It's a big occasion it's the Calcutta Cup and we want to play well and we're preparing to start well.

Throw into the mix Jamie George, Ben Te'o and Danny Care and you can see just how impressive England's depth is.

After wins against Ireland and Wales, Scotland could take the Triple Crown as well as the Calcutta Cup.

We'll know by 3pm tomorrow whether it'll be Farrell or Ben Te'o wearing the 12 shirt at Twickenham, with England expected to leave it until the very last minute to make their decision. "When I captained the side in '87 we were going for the Triple Crown as well and it tipped it down rain all day and we were a fair-weather team unfortunately".

But with his Myreside club-mate ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after sustaining a knee injury against the Dragons, Watson has won a reprieve in time to take on Eddie Jones' record-chasing Red Rose outfit on Saturday.

"We've never had that before and he's been very instrumental in introducing that".

Scotland make one change with back-row Hamish Watson replacing the injured John Hardie with South African-born Cornell du Preez on the bench for the first time.

England certainly look worth taking on after some less than convincing displays and best price 9/2 (Betfair) for a Scotland victory can't be sniffed at.

"He ran into my dog, my dog was running around the training pitch and he ran into it".

"The challenge is for us to combine the best parts of our performances so far in this campaign into one excellent performance at Twickenham this Saturday", he said.

Elliot Daly has won all 11 of his games for England; only two players have played more games for any country and maintained a 100% win rate (Charles Piutau 17 and Corey Flynn 15).

"Somebody will fly up and try to go low on the first ball carrier and try and get him on the ground, second bloke onto the ball", Beattie said.

"England know how to win games but I don't think they've been winning as smoothly as they always have".

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