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Care cannot wait for Scotland match

Danny Care supports Liverpool but he sounded more like a Millwall fan as he described how England thrive on being cast as hate figures in their bristling rivalry with Scotland.

England and Scotland will renew the oldest rivalry in international rugby at Twickenham a week on Saturday in the opening round of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations championship.

"They don't really like us very much, which we enjoy. We relish that challenge," scrum-half Care said after England had finished training in front of 6,000 supporters in snowy Leeds.

Twelve months ago, England launched their new era under Stuart Lancaster, who had just been appointed as interim coach, with a battling victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

This year, the roles are reversed. Scott Johnson is in caretaker charge of Scotland and they will head south with a new team and a point to prove after losing to Tonga in the autumn. While there is an unknown quality about Johnson's Scotland, Care is fully aware that one thing never changes when it comes to Calcutta Cup showdowns.

"It is going to be a massive battle," Care said. "We look on them as a new team. We don't know what they are going to throw at us but we know it will be a very passionate game.

"They will come with some physicality and some big forwards and we will have to front up."

While Scotland's defeat to Tonga cost Andy Robinson his job, England head into the game on the back of a record 38-21 triumph over world champions New Zealand. The two situations could not be more contrasting. Care vowed England would not be resting on the laurels of that All Blacks destruction.

"The New Zealand game was a massive win for us but it is only one game," he said. "We have to play very well next week against Scotland because they want to come and spoil the party. I would love a 30- or 40-point victory but we have to be realistic.

"Against New Zealand we played very well and caught them on an off day. We deserved that win, we did play really well. Playing Scotland in the Six Nations is going to be completely different."


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