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Absence of power athletes means England must get creative at Murrayfield | Ugo Monye | Sport

England arrive at Murrayfield a wounded animal. There will be some bruised bodies from last weekend and no doubt some emotional scars having failed to do what they set out to do in their previous two matches. Add in the number of changes made by Eddie Jones, plus the six-day …

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Finn Russell row has echoes of past for Townsend and Scotland | Andy Bull | Sport

Gregor Townsend at Murrayfield on Friday.

The best, most richly gifted fly-half in Scotland has been dropped; he and his coaches disagree about his role and the way the team ought to play; he is feeling “claustrophobic and angry” and is desperate to get back to his club in France. Right now Gregor Townsend has likely …

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John Mitchell insists England will be ready for chaos in Scotland showdown | Sport

England are bracing themselves for chaos on and off the pitch as they seek to breathe life into their Six Nations campaign and reclaim the Calcutta Cup on Saturday. The defence coach, John Mitchell, sounded the warning that England will be “ready for anything” as they attempt to defeat Scotland …

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England won’t field ‘strongest side’ for third ODI after Durban match rained off | Sport

England’s players walk off the pitch after a frustrating day.

England and South Africa managed 11 overs at Kingsmead Stadium, which was 11 more than seemed likely when Durban was being drenched with violent rainstorms the night before. By the time the second one-day international was finally called off at 7pm local time this cut-and-paste, pop-up attempt to stage a …

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