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IF CHRIS Ashton's father had had his way, the most prolific championship try-scorer since Scotland's Ian Smith in the 1920s would never have played for Northampton. Nor would he have scored nine tries in ten Tests for Martin Johnson's England. And, most importantly, he would never have swallow-dived his way into the hearts of the massed ranks of sweet charioteers who will pack Twickenham today.
Scotland travel to our least favourite place in the world today. Fact! Over the years we have taken some beatings in most, if not all, of the major rugby grounds around the world but we have also enjoyed some good days at these grounds as well.
The year was 1983 and Scotland had just won at Twickenham for only the fourth time in history. Margaret Thatcher was in No.10, many of today's Scotland team had yet to be born and Duran Duran were No 1 in the charts.
He may have bigger issues on his mind this Sunday morning but Rory Lawson can be forgiven for pondering just how Andy Robinson goes about selecting his scrum-half. If Robinson isn't employing a coin to facilitate selection it can only be because he's replaced it with some dice.
'English jibes must represent an effrontery to the proud Scots'
IT WAS Scotland's sporting shame of the 1980s, the night when rugby's John Jeffrey and Dean Richards apparently played football with the Calcutta Cup on Princes Street.
THESE are the three main chances that could have produced Scottish tries:
SCOTLAND produced another curate's egg of a performance on Saturday when they worked successfully to lift the Murrayfield support from its seats throughout an exciting Calcutta Cup match, but for all the "good in parts" moments it failed the quality test to finish off an oddly witless England team.
ONE time English hooker and scourge of the Scots, Brian Moore walked into the post match press room straight from his TV commentary position. He was trussed up like a deep sea fisherman to combat the cold and he still had steam coming from both ears.
NONE OF the answers to any of the great mysteries of the world are closer to resolution this morning, no breakthrough in the meaning of life, no clue as to what is really going on in the Bermuda Triangle and certainly no advance in the greatest riddle of them all – why Scotland are incapable of scoring a try and winning a game.
IN THAT famous Grand Slam Calcutta Cup match 20 years ago, the Scottish forwards demonstrated their intention of taking on their illustrious opponents from the start, with Finlay Calder memorably thumping into white shirts and then the entire pack driving him onwards.
WHAT do Andy Robinson's team have to do to win a match of rugby? The coach demanded "ruthless" last week from his players and what he got instead was "clueless" as time and again the men in blue coughed up soft penalties to hand England easy points.
SCOTLAND and England battered each other into a brutal Calcutta Cup stalemate at Murrayfield as international rugby's oldest fixture ended in a record 18th draw.
PICTURE highlights from today's Calcutta Cup clash.
ROSS FORD today recalled the RBS Six Nations and Calcutta Cup moment that inspired him on the journey to become a Scotland winner against England and a subsequent British Lion, writes BILL LOTHIAN.
SCOTLAND skipper Chris Cusiter today insisted the side are so close to a breakthrough Six Nations win and it could come against England at Murrayfield this evening (5pm kick-off).
THE Calcutta Cup is one of the most
eagerly awaited fixtures of the sporting
calendar, andit has produced its fair share
of passion, drama and excellence over the
VETERAN flanker Joe Worsley warned England need to be "mentally tough" to handle the wall of hostility that will hit them in Scotland today.