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Denton to start for Scotland against England

4 February 2016

David Denton will face some familiar faces when he lines up for Scotland on Saturday as they take on England in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations clash as Murrayfield, kick-off 16.50.

Denton is named at number eight, with his Bath Rugby teammates George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and Ollie Devoto all in the England squad.

Head Coach Vern Cotter has named just two new faces to the starting XV that took to the field to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final; with Matt Scott and John Barclay starting in place of the injured Peter Horne and Blair Cowan (who starts on the bench), in the midfield and back-row respectively.

Cotter, said: “There’s a huge amount of excitement and determination among the group to start well, and do well, in this Championship, and show that they have learned from past experiences and developed their game.

“Playing in front of a sold-out BT Murrayfield Stadium is hugely motivating for the players, who are all very proud to wear the jersey as we know. They like working hard for each other in the no-excuse environment that exists in the squad.

“England will look to build their game from set-phase dominance, while we expect them to have developed their attacking play into the wider channels, which can create challenges as well as opportunities.

“We’re expecting them to be extremely motivated and physical, and we’re looking forward to that challenge.

“Continuity and accuracy will be key for us in this game.”

Scotland team to play England

15. Stuart Hogg

14. Sean Maitland

13. Mark Bennett

12. Matt Scott

11. Tommy Seymour

10. Finn Russell

9. Greig Laidlaw ( c )

1. Alasdair Dickinson

2. Ross Ford

3. Willem Nel

4. Richie Gray

5. Jonny Gray

6. John Barclay

7. John Hardie

8. David Denton

Substitutes

16. Stuart McInally

17. Gordon Reid

18. Zander Fagerson

19. Tim Swinson

20. Blair Cowan

21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

22. Duncan Weir

23. Duncan Taylor

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