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Eddie Jones scoffs that Scotland never win at Twickenham as England head coach teases rivals ahead of Calcutta Cup clash and Six Nations finale

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/03/2019 Chris Foy for the Daily Mail
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Eddie Jones has lit the fuse for an explosive Calcutta Cup showdown by poking fun at Scotland's terrible record at Twickenham.

England's head coach, asked to assess the benefit of home advantage, given that the Scots haven't won there since 1983, quipped: '1883? Oh, 1983! OK...'

Jones, in mischievous mood before Saturday's Six Nations finale, where his side will win the title if they beat Scotland and Ireland win in Wales, declared his squad know what is coming and they can trump it. 'There's no secret. We're not playing Mars or Pluto, we're playing Scotland.

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'They've got passion and play the game a certain way. We've got passion about playing for England. It'll be about which side comes out with most intensity and desire and that'll be us.'

Scotland captain Stuart McInally refused to bite after Jones's jibe.

'It's Scotland v England with the rivalry that has always been there,' he said.

Eddie Jones standing in front of a fence: Eddie Jones smiles and stands with his arms folded on the eve of England's game with Scotland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eddie Jones smiles and stands with his arms folded on the eve of England's game with Scotland

'It is going to be an intense game and it will be about whoever plays the best rugby on the day. We take confidence from knowing we beat them last year at Murrayfield but we're under no illusions about how hard it will be.'

Jones warned Scotland to expect an 'explosion' from England, as he is convinced that they are ready to produce an attacking masterclass to finish in style.

a group of people watching a football ball: England head coach looked relaxed as his Six Nations side train at Twickenham on Friday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited England head coach looked relaxed as his Six Nations side train at Twickenham on Friday

'If we can create momentum around the ruck, I'd hate to be one of those Scottish backs,' added Jones. 'We've got an opportunity to show that we're the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world, and we're not going to miss that opportunity.'

a football player on a field: England's Ben Youngs, pictured (left) alongside Dane Cole, said on Friday: 'It is a huge fixture' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited England's Ben Youngs, pictured (left) alongside Dane Cole, said on Friday: 'It is a huge fixture'

England scrum-half Ben Youngs said: 'Whenever you play Scotland, as much as it is bred in them, it is bred in us. It is a huge fixture.'  

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