Six Nations: England coach Eddie Jones only interested in winning formula
England coach Eddie Jones has rejected criticism of a conservative team selection against Scotland by insisting his only objective is to win tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations opener at Murrayfield.
All but four of the matchday 23 were in last autumn's World Cup squad - among the quartet is captain Dylan Hartley who missed out only for disciplinary reasons - and there is not a single debutant in the starting XV.
But in picking a side containing 512 caps, Jones has made it clear his only objective is to topple the Scots.
"Selection is about picking the best 23 for the game and we feel this is the best 23 for this game," Jones said. "You can describe it any way you want, but our mission is to go up there and win the Calcutta Cup.
"This is not about giving people opportunities, it's about winning Test matches. The pressure is on to play well. If we're good enough we'll win the game."
Teams for Scotland v England on Saturday at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, (4.50pm): SCOTLAND: S Hogg (Glasgow); S Maitland (London Irish), M Bennett (Glasgow), M Scott (Edinburgh), T Seymour (Glasgow); F Russell (Glasgow), G Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt); A Dickinson (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), R Gray (Toulouse), J Gray (Glasgow), J Barclay (Scarlets), J Hardie (Edinburgh), D Denton (Bath).
Replacements: S McInally (Edinburgh), G Reid (Glasgow), Z Fagerson (Glasgow), T Swinson (Glasgow), B Cowan (London Irish), S Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), D Weir (Glasgow), D Taylor (Saracens).
England: M Brown (Harlequins); A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), J Nowell (Exeter); G Ford (Bath), D Care (Harlequins); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), G Kruis (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), J Haskell (Wasps), B Vunipola (Saracens).
Replacements: J George (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), P Hill (Northampton), C Lawes (Northampton), J Clifford (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester), A Goode (Saracens), O Devoto (Bath).