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Ford wants players to deliver

New Scotland captain Ross Ford will rally his troops with one fierce message before Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener against England: "It's about time we delivered."

Scotland have not lost at home to the 'auld enemy' since 2004 but they were knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup by England last October, courtesy of a last-gasp Chris Ashton try.

That night in Auckland still rankles with Scotland coach Andy Robinson, who accused England of being "arrogant". Ford's only memory is of Scotland's under-achievement - and that is something he is determined to remedy.

"I think it's about time we delivered," Ford said.

"We have had a lot of really good one-off wins. It is about time we delivered in a championship and that has to start on Saturday.

"(The World Cup defeat) was really disappointing. We knew we had under-performed and we had let ourselves down.

"Nobody wants to be unlucky losers. International rugby is about winning and that is what we want to do.

"This is a new tournament for us, a new Six Nations. We are looking forward now.

"Saturday is where it begins. It will be a brilliant occasion. These games always are. We have to turn up and deliver the performance."


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