Scotland are favourites, says Jones

Number 8 David Denton is part of Scotland's Six Nations squad

Number 8 David Denton is part of Scotland’s Six Nations squad

England boss Eddie Jones says Scotland will start as favourites when the two sides meet at Murrayfield in next month’s Six Nations opening round.

Scotland’s World Cup performances and the fact they have a settled side give them the advantage, according to Jones.

“We’ve only had six training sessions together so there is an enormous pressure on Scotland to perform and not so much on us,” he said.

“The bookies might have us as favourites but Scotland have to be.”

The sides meet for the Calcutta Cup on Saturday, 6 February (16:50 GMT).

Scotland reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, losing narrowly to Australia, while hosts England surprisingly bowed out in the group stages.

England’s displays ultimately cost Stuart Lancaster his job and led to former Australia and Japan coach Jones taking over.

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