IT HAS been interesting this week to listen to the coaches and I think we have a pretty clear picture from the comments of where Scotland and England believe they will win this evening's match.
THE Calcutta Cup provides as clear an indication as any Test match of where modern internationals are decided and all the passion, excitement and colour whirling around this evening's 127th staging of the famous fixture will play its part.
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VISITORS to Murrayfield could be forgiven for feeling Andy Robinson had lost it yesterday and was shifting from rugby into dance mode as he spoke of a desire for his players to take a "quick, slow, quick, quick, quick" approach to winning the Calcutta Cup.
ENGLAND come to Murrayfield having won two out of three, while Scotland have yet to record a win in this season's championship. Yet there is at least as much discontent among English pundits and supporters as among our own. This says something about what each camp expects of their team. We haven't been champions since the Five Nations became Six. England's last title came in 2003, the year they went on to win the World Cup in Australia. That triumph has weighed heavily on England'
ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson was on the defensive yesterday as he strove to deflect questions on why he had changed tack on usual Calcutta Cup plans by flying into Edinburgh just 24 hours before the game and heading back south within hours of the final whistle.
THE changing face of rugby is becoming patently clear as bodies continue to grow bigger, injuries mount and more rugby players become familiar with hospital food.
JOHN Barclay could be forgiven for hoarding rabbits' feet, horseshoes and four leaf clovers ahead of his Calcutta Cup debut for Scotland this evening.
BOTH men have tried all week to stop this evening's Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield turning from Scotland v England into Andy Robinson v Martin Johnson, but the sense of two adversaries pitting their wits against each other was unmistakable yesterday.
Calcutta Cup: Scotland's Hugo Southwell wants to take the English scalp for a third time at Murrayfield
HUGO SOUTHWELL today insisted it was time for actions to speak louder than words as Scotland prepare to face England in the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship at Murrayfield tomorrow.
SERIOUSLY injured Scotland winger Thom Evans plans to return to the squad camp tomorrow to provide a last message of good luck ahead of the Calcutta Cup match.
WITH 63 caps in the locker, Nathan Hines is not a happy man at being handed another bench role for the Calcutta Cup this weekend.
SCOTLAND captain Chris Cusiter's most vivid memory of the Calcutta Cup is of David Sole striding out at Murrayfield to lead his team into battle in 1990, even though the then seven-year-old had to hear it second-hand.
THE diversity of following that the late Scottish commentator Bill McLaren attracted will be underlined at a special tribute evening at Murrayfield tonight in a special performance of Caledonia by Dougie MacLean.
JONNY Wilkinson admits England's defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield two years ago was one of the most painful experiences of his rugby career.
IF IT is true Scotland perform best when their backs are to the wall and belief is low, then there may be few better players to lead them out than Dan Parks.
ANDY Robinson is an engrossing character, a rugby man who lives for the game and all of its aggressive, confrontational and atmospheric qualities. So it was no surprise yesterday to detect a quiet eagerness as he prepares for his first Calcutta Cup on the northern side of the divide.
SCOTLAND have made one change to the team for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield but with a twin desire to uncover a greater scoring threat from the talents at their disposal and nullify England's danger men.
NICK De Luca was today recalled to the Scotland team for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against England in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.
IF ONE doubts the allure of the Calcutta Cup, or that it still resonates deeply for Scottish players at a time when there appears to be trophies up for grabs in every international, one glance back over the past decade should put such thoughts to bed.
THE Calcutta Cup has had a few tales to tell off the park, from its intriguing origin as melted-down Indian rupees to sustaining damage on a night of celebration in Edinburgh's Princes Street.
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