Van der Merwe hat-trick palms Scotland Calcutta Cup as England lose at Murrayfield – newest response | EUROtoday

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Steve Borthwick has made the daring resolution to drop Freddie Steward completely for this Calcutta Cup conflict, favouring an attack-minded choice which sees George Furbank thrown right into a revamped backline with Ollie Lawrence a focus within the midfield.

Danny Care, Ellis Genge and Dan Cole are the opposite three adjustments to the facet that edged Wales at Twickenham a fortnight in the past.

England XV: G Furbank; T Freeman, H Slade, O Lawrence; G Ford, D Care; E Genge, J George, D Cole, M Itoje, O Chessum, E Roots, S Underhill, B Earl

Replacements: T Dan, J Marler, W Stuart, G Martin, C Cunningham-South, B Spencer, F Smith, Feyi-Waboso

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made three adjustments following his facet’s defeat to France a fortnight in the past, with Blair Kinghorn, Kyle Steyn and Jamie Ritchie all restored to the group after lacking out towards Les Bleus.

Scotland XV: B Kinghorn, Okay Steyn, H Jones, S Tuipulotu, D Van der Merwe, F Russell, B White; P Schoeman, G Turner, Z Fagerson, G Gilchrist, S Cummings, J Ritchie, R Darge, J Dempsey.

Replacements: E Ashman, A Hepburn, E Millar-Mills, S Skinner, A Christie, G Horne, B Healy, C Redpath.