Falcons pair set for Six Nations combat

Thursday 04 February 2021 Written by: Adam

Both players have been selected for the Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham, with the 4.45pm kick-off being shown in the UK on ITV.

Falcons captain Wilson (right of picture) will start blind-side flanker for England, with Graham named on Scotland’s bench.

World Cup finalist Wilson will be winning his 20th England cap, with Graham in line for a third Scotland cap should he take the field.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We’re really looking forward to this game and getting the Guinness Six Nations back underway. It’s even more special to be taking part in a 150th anniversary game, it will be a good occasion.

“It was difficult to pick the 23 players. We’ve had a really good week of training, it’s been very competitive but I’ve gone with what I feel is the strongest 23 for this week.

“The Six Nations is a short tournament, it’s a real sprint so we’ll need to be on the front foot straight away. We know Scotland will be raring to go – but so will we.”

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We learned a lot about ourselves and where the game is going during our Autumn campaign, and we aim to build on this base during the next seven weeks. We are set for a huge challenge against England as we will be facing one of the best teams in the world.

“The opportunity of competing for the Calcutta Cup against our oldest rivals is something to get Scots around the world excited about.”

**England:** 15 Elliot Daly (Saracens), 14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), 12 Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), 11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, captain), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), 2 Jamie George (Saracens), 3 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens), 5 Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs), 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

**Replacements:** 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), 17 Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), 20 Ben Earl (Bristol Bears), 21 Dan Robson (Wasps), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers), 23 Max Malins (Bristol Bears).

**Scotland:** 15 Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, captain), 14 Sean Maitland (Saracens), 13 Chris Harris (Gloucester), 12 Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), 10 Finn Russell (Racing 92), 9 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors); 1 Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), 2 George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), 3 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), 4 Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), 5 Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs), 6 Jamie Ritchie (vice-captain, Edinburgh), 7 Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), 8 Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors).

**Replacements:** 16 David Cherry (Edinburgh), 17 Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors), 18 WP Nel (Edinburgh), 19 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 20 Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons), 21 Scott Steele (Harlequins), 22 Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh), 23 Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors).