Hamilton ready for old foe

By Phil Jackson.   Last Updated: 31/01/07 8:53am

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Six Nations, England v Scotland, Twickenham, Saturday February 3, KO 4pm

Second row Jim Hamilton refuses to believe Scotland can be bullied by England in their RBS Six Nations opener on Saturday.

The 24-year-old lock is set to start the much-anticipated Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham having only featured from the bench against Romania and Australia in Scotland's autumn internationals.

Hamilton insists fears he could be overwhelmed are unfounded, as he prepares to line up against four of his Leicester Tigers team-mates, including positional rival Louis Deacon.

Having played at Twickenham when the Tigers competed with Sale Sharks in the Guiness Premiership final in May, Hamilton is showing no signs of fear.

"I expected a few Leicester boys to be involved. I've been asked a few times about whether that bothers me but all I can say is that I play with these boys week in and week out so I don't feel I have anything to fear," Hamilton explained.

"And they are going to have to change their line-out codes, because I know that a lot of their line-out moves are the same as the ones we use at Leicester."

At 6ft 8ins and 19 stones Hamilton is no shrinking violet and expects to face a tough physical battle up front.

"They are going to be really physical and try to dominate us up front I would imagine. I think they've gone for the biggest team possible but that suits us fine because we like to play quick rugby and we'll try to move them around a bit. It should be interesting," he said.

"Obviously I've not been picked to sprint down the wing or to kick drop-goals. I'm there to impose my size and hopefully I can do that.

"It's going to be the biggest game of my life, so I just can't wait."

Hamilton played for Leicester against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday and having watched England's returning hero Jonny Wilkinson first hand, he admits to being impressed with what he saw.

"He looked very sharp," Hamilton added. "His passing was spot on, he took it to the line and he got a couple of big hits in. He'll be raring to go and this is probably exactly what he needed - to be thrown in at the deep end.

"Everyone knows what he has done, he's world class and it's going to be a massive game."