Channel, kick-off time and team line-up for Scotland vs England at the Six Nations

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:13 am

While the 2020 Six Nations has only just got underway, we're already braced for one of its most hot-tempered clashes – Scotland versus England.

The Auld Enemies will once again do battle for Calcutta Cup as they each try to recover from losing starts to this year's competition, following on from disappointing World Cup performances.

As with every Six Nations fixture, this one will be televised live on a free channel.

Here's everything you need to know about the big game and how to watch it.

England were unable to overcome France in their opening game. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Key Details

Kick-off: 4.45pm on Saturday 8 February 2020

TV: BBC coverage begins at 4pm

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)

Odds: Scotland 3-1, England 1-4

Team news

After breaching the team protocol during a drinking session, Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has been left out of the squad for the England game. Gregor Townsend has yet to confirm whether Russell will see any action at this year's tournament.

The 31-man squad features 14 players who were not in Scotland's matchday squad for the Ireland game and includes the uncapped players Alex Craig, Luke Crosbie, Tom Gordon, Kyle Steyn and Ratu Tagive.

For England, Manu Tuilagi looks likely to miss out due to an ongoing groin problem while Anthony Watson may still be laid up with the calf problem which saw him miss the France game. Mako Vunipola's status is also unknown at this point after he too missed the opening game.

In general, Eddie Jones has been called on to oust some of the established players in favour of younger talents in response to the lacklustre performance against France. Whether he chooses to do so or opts to stay the course remains to be seen.

Scotland were bested by Ireland once again in the opening round Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Previous form

Both sides will be looking to get back on the right tracks after getting off to a losing start in the 2020 Six Nations – with Scotland losing 19-12 to Ireland and England going down 24-17 to France.

When the sides met in last year's Six Nations, it provided one of the most thrilling clashes in the tournament's history.

After finding themselves 31-0 down, Scotland pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in rugby history to take the lead before the game finally resolved itself into a 38-38 draw.

If this year's game is half as exciting, rugby fans of all stripes will be well catered for.

Viewing Information

The game will be shown live on BBC One with the coverage starting at 4pm and the game itself kicking off at 4.45pm.

For those who would rather catch the game on their phone, tablet or laptop, it will also be broadcast live online via the BBC’s iPlayer.

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