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Jackson hoping for good conditions

Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson hopes the weather is kind at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday as he seeks to orchestrate an attack on England in the must-win World Cup Pool B clash.

Victory by eight points or more is required for Scotland to advance to the quarter-finals and Jackson is tasked with leading the running assault on England.

"We've been a little bit unfortunate with the weather we've had. We're hoping for drier conditions tomorrow, but rumour has it there is a low coming in and there could possibly be rain again," he said. "We've got a game plan pretty nailed on and we've got some good exciting backs outside me that I'm hopefully going to be able to unleash."

Sean Lamont has been moved from wing to inside centre, with Joe Ansbro coming in outside him and Simon Danielli lining up on the wing.

From Jackson to full-back Chris Paterson, it is the same Scotland three-quarter line which began the 22-16 loss to England at Twickenham in March.

Wing Max Evans scored a solo chip-and-chase try that day, but Scotland have struggled to take their opportunities since and failed to score in miserable conditions in the win over Georgia and the loss to Argentina.

Jackson added: "Hopefully once we make chances we're going to take them.

"We'd like to score some tries and that's going to be key to getting the win tomorrow.

"Hopefully the conditions will be all right."


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