England's Nathan Hughes returns to face Scotland

Gregor Townsend will be keeping a keen eye on England's defensive line on Saturday

Two former Nottingham Forest managers were guests of England rugby coach Eddie Jones as they watched his team train ahead of taking on Scotland in the Six Nations.

"I can't wait to get back playing with some of my best mates and pushing to win trophies with my hometown club".

"He is very good player, a quality player and we don't want him to have a sniff at all".

A trip to Paris follows before meeting Joe Schmidt's men at Twickenham Stadium on March 17 and the Australian elaborated on why this Round 3 match is crucial. "And could back it up, second game, third game..."

"It's always going to be a big game; you're always going to get emotional".

Brunel kept faith in scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud and flyhalf Lionel Beauxis after the 32-26 defeat by Scotland, but added fresh blood to the outside backs for the game in Marseille.

"It's created to get them up for the game".

"Gregor Townsend has probably liberated the team a little bit more than they were under [previous coach] Vern Cotter. We are ready to play". "He's got a nice sense of the game and he's got physical presence so he's going to be very useful at Murrayfield".

Nigel Owens will take charge of the Murrayfield clash
Nigel Owens will take charge of the Murrayfield clash

Jones dispelled any concern over Owen Farrell's fitness after the playmaker played only a limited role in training since the win against Wales by declaring "he's full of beans".

Jonathan Joseph has retained his place at outside centre in the face of competition from Ben Te'o, who started in England's tournament-opening 46-15 win away to Italy in Rome on February 4. I'm really impressed with the way that Ben Te'o is going. "Now he's really started to understand the nuances of rugby union", Jones said.

"I just think early on, the way Scotland have traditionally attacked under Gregor (Townsend), that JJ's defensive skills out wide might be very useful for us".

"He [Te'o] will come off the bench and carry through".

"I would be satisfied if Scotland played their own game, and scored two or three tries and lost, provided they did not shoot themselves in the foot".

And following one of the Championship's rest breaks, captain Dylan Hartley - set to become England's second most-capped player when he makes his 92nd Test appearance on Saturday - said his side could not wait to take on the Scots in the latest edition of the 147-year-old fixture.

"We believed we were great, the best team in the world - which was not the case".

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