Six Nations: Chris Robshaw relishing Scotland encounter

England captain Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw insists England's young players will not be daunted by Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Robshaw, playing in only his second Test, leads a new-look team featuring three debutants in the starting XV and five uncapped players on the bench.

"Playing at Murrayfield is never going to be easy but it is something we are looking forward to," said Robshaw, 25.

"The young guys want to go out there and prove a point."

Saracens back Owen Farrell may have been fast-tracked into the England sideexternal-link but interim coach Stuart Lancaster's first team includes several players who were repeatedly overlooked by Martin Johnson.

Robshaw's omission from England's World Cup plans baffled some members of the squadexternal-link while it has taken Northampton flanker Phil Dowson six years to graduate from the second-string Saxons.

Meanwhile, wing David Strettle, fly-half Charlie Hodgson and full-back Mike Brown have all had their England careers revived by the new regime.

And Robshaw is convinced the hunger that has burned inside all his players will stand them in good stead amid the "chaos" that Scotland coach Andy Robinson said he had planned for them.external-link

Harlequins skipper Robshaw said: "The young guys want to go out there and prove a point. They have been doing it for their clubs for so long and now they want to go out there and show the nation what they can do.

"To come up here [to Edinburgh] in your first Six Nations appearance is special."

England have not won at Murrayfield since 2004 but assistant coach Andy Farrell is relishing the challenge.

"Is it hostile? It's a great place to play. I think it's exciting more than anything," said assistant coach Andy Farrell.

"It is one of the theatres of world rugby. It is a dream to get your first cap, and to do it in a Calcutta Cup game here at Murrayfield, with such history, is extra special."

England's starting XV boasts a total of 236 international caps compared to Scotland's 501, but Farrell believes his players' experience at club level will prove invaluable.

"We have got a lot of young guys in our side, but guys who have been playing in massive matches of late," said Farrell.

"Chris is captain of a side at Harlequins that are right at the top of their game.

"We will be ready for any type of game that Scotland throw at us.

"I wouldn't say we are that confident that we have made any T-shirts yet, but the guys have belief from how tight they are."


Scotland: 15-Rory Lamont, 14-Lee Jones, 13-Nick De Luca, 12-Sean Lamont, 11-Max Evans, 10-Dan Parks, 9-Chris Cusiter; 1-Allan Jacobsen, 2-Ross Ford (captain), 3-Euan Murray, 4-Richie Gray, 5-Jim Hamilton, 6-Alasdair Strokosch, 7-Ross Rennie, 8-David Denton.

Replacements:16-Scott Lawson, 17-Geoff Cross, 18-Alastair Kellock, 19-John Barclay, 20-Mike Blair, 21-Greig Laidlaw, 22-Graeme Morrison.

England: 15-Ben Foden, 14-Chris Ashton, 13-Brad Barritt, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-David Strettle, 10-Charlie Hodgson, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Alex Corbisiero, 2-Dylan Hartley, 3-Dan Cole, 4-Mouritz Botha, 5-Tom Palmer, 6-Tom Croft, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain) 8-Phil Dowson.

Replacements: 16-Rob Webber, 17-Matt Stevens, 18-Geoff Parling, 19-Ben Morgan, 20-Lee Dickson, 21-Jordan Turner-Hall, 22-Mike Brown.


Referee: George Clancy (Ire)

Touch judges: Romain Poite (Fra) & Leighton Hodges (Wal)

TV: Nigel Whitehouse (Wal)