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England vs Scotland: The vital stats

01 February 2013

  • All the vital stats and figures against England's clash with Scotland
  • Find out where to keep up with the action

Scotland against England in 2012

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The Calcutta Cup is always a highly anticipated clash and following a narrow 13-6 win last year over the Scots, England will be readying themselves for a tough encounter. The two countries are on the opposite ends of the scale in regards to recent performances, with Scotland failing to get a win in the QBE Autumn Internationals while England managed an historic victory over New Zealand at Twickenham in December. Here are all the vital facts and stats that you need to know ahead of the game.

When? Saturday, February 2
Twickenham, Middlesex
4.00pm (UK time)

How to keep up with the action:

  • Live on BBC One from 3.30pm
  • Live commentary on BBC 5 live Sports Extra and online
  • Live text commentary on the free RFU iPhone app (search the app store for Official RFU)
  • Live score updates from @Official_RFU on Twitter
  • Match report, post-match interviews and highlights on

The teams


15 Alex Goode (Saracens); 14 Chris Ashton (Saracens); 13 Brad Barritt (Saracens); 12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester) 11 Mike Brown (Harlequins); 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens); 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins); 2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps); 5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); 6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints); 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins); 8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester)

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints); 17 David Wilson (Bath); 18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens); 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints); 20 James Haskell (London Wasps); 21 Danny Care (Harlequins); 22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers); 23 David Strettle (Saracens)


15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); 14 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors); 13 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors); 12 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby); 11 Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby); 10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors); 9 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby); 1 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors); 2 Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors); 3 Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors); 4 Richie Gray (Sale Sharks); 5 Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby); 6 Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan); 7 Kelly Brown (Saracens); 8 Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier)

Replacements: 16 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby); 17 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors) 18 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby); 19 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors); 20 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby); 21 Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors); 22 Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors); 23 Max Evans (Castres)

Robshaw runs past Richie Gray in 2012 Calcutta Cup

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Keys to the game

The IBM TryTracker live stats engine includes the ‘Keys to the Game’, which predict three crucial areas of performance specific to each team ahead of match day. If a side hits their target in these aspects of their game they will significantly increase their chances of victory.

The Keys to the Game for England’s first match of the RBS 6 Nations show that in the face of a mean Scottish defence, it’s all about line breaks and possession for Stuart Lancaster's side. Win more than 14 turnovers and break through the Scottish defence more than five times and England will be laying important foundations for a home win.

England keys:

  • Win more than 14 turnovers
  • Make more than 5 linebreaks
  • Achieve a successful goal kick percentage of more than 74%

Scotland’s best chance of leaving Twickenham with a rare win comes from playing a tight, accurate and disciplined game. The TryTracker analysis has identified that if Scotland can be successful in 95% of their tackles and win more than 85% of their own lineout ball they will significantly increase their chances of victory.

Scotland keys:

  • Achieve a tackle success rate greater than 95%
  • Win more than 85% of own lineouts thrown
  • Have more than 6 attempts at goal

What the coaches say:

England coach Stuart Lancaster:

“The expectation now is on us, whereas this time last year we went up there with a new team. But the process remains the same,” Lancaster said.

“We’ve had a lot of experience over the last 12 months and we must make that count on game day. The general mood is different because we’ve spent more time together and we understand better how we want to play the game.”

Scotland coach Scott Johnson:

"I've spoken about the importance of this competition, the history and tradition of it, and you couldn't get a more mouth-watering opening than the game between international rugby's oldest foes," said Johnson.

"Selection for us has been about form but also with an eye to the future. Sean Maitland is very proud to be pulling on the Scotland jersey for the first time. His family will be rapt because they raised him in New Zealand always reminding him of his Scottish heritage, getting up in the early hours of the morning to watch both the Five and Six Nations games on the TV.

"He's shown he can play footy with the best of them and the impact he's made since arriving at Glasgow in the autumn has underlined what we'd seen of him playing for the Crusaders in Super Rugby."

Head to head

  • Played 130, England won 70, Scotland won 42, drawn 18
  • Highest score – England 43-3 in 2001, Scotland  33-6 in 1986
  • Biggest win – England 43-3 in 2001, Scotland 33-6 in 1986

Previous four meetings

  • 2010 – England 15-15 Scotland
  • 2011 – England 22- 16 Scotland
  • 2011 – England 16-12 Scotland
  • 2012 – Scotland 6-13 England

Ashton and Foden with the Calcutta Cup last year

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England vital stats

  • IRB world ranking: 5th
  • Most capped player in history: Jason Leonard (114 caps, 1990-2004)
  • Most capped player in the squad: Danny Care (37 caps, 2008-2013)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)

Scotland vital stats

  • IRB world ranking: 12th
  • Most capped player in history: Chris Patterson (109 caps, 1999-2011)
  • Most capped player in squad: Sean Lamont (71 caps, 2004-2013)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 6, (1925-26 & 1989-1990)