Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster outlines England's try-scoring ambitions for Murrayfield

Last Updated: 06/02/14 2:36pm

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Coach Stuart Lancaster has given England's players a 'second chance' and hopes his unchanged team will take out their France frustration on Scotland.

England suffered late heartache in last weekend's Six Nations opener, with Gael Fickou's dramatic try condemning them to the most painful of 26-24 defeats in Paris.

Lancaster conducted a lengthy post-mortem in the wake of this loss and decided to keep faith with the same set of players for this Saturday's clash at Murrayfield.

He has urged England's wounded side to produce a spirited response against the Scottish, who will be keen to inflict another setback to the old enemy.

When asked if his team selection was a vote of confidence, he said: "Yeah I think so. I think it's a second chance for the team.

"Having reviewed the game and reflected on all the ups and downs of the game as it went, there's a lot of ups and downs. It was a really positive performance in lots of ways and you've got to trust the players and give them another opportunity to get the win this time."


England have struggled to score tries on previous trips to Scotland and poor weather conditions have set the stage for another battle of attrition this weekend.

But Lancaster has challenged his team to get their campaign up and running with a free-scoring display.

Asked to explain gritty past displays, he said: "I think the competitive nature of the Scottish team when England come to town is probably one of the main factors.

"It's a very difficult place to go and play, certainly with the weather as it is and it might be the case this Saturday, but hopefully we can still play with the same intent, same tempo, same accuracy and score some tries at the weekend, because that's what we are aiming to do."


Reports suggest that rugby league star Sam Burgess is considering a switch to union and would target a place in England's 2015 World Cup squad.

Lancaster is still waiting for Burgess to clarify his intentions and admits the move must be made soon if he's going to compete for a place.

"Sam's in contract at the Rabbitohs and that's the situation as I see it," he said. "If it were to happen, it would have to come from him and he'd have to want to do it.

"So my point of view is it's all hypothetical and speculation at the moment. We will wait and see how it unfolds.

"In terms of players making the switch from Rugby League to Rugby Union, we've had success recently with Kyle Eastmond whose made great progress, obviously Andy Farrell came, Henry Paul etc so it can be done, but timelines are tight and we will see how it plays out."

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