Wilson | Loud and proud support will be key

Ryan Wilson insists that Scotland’s home support can play a vital role in tomorrow’s NatWest 6 Nations match against England at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm) – live on BBC.

The Scots have not lost at home in the championship since England’s visit in the 2016 campaign.

Only New Zealand have overthrown Saturday’s hosts in the past 12 months, meaning that, in the last two years, Scotland have played 11 won nine, all of which are records Wilson is keen to maintain.

He said: “The home record is something we pride ourselves on.

“It’s our home ground and we want to protect our own place and make the fans proud.

“We are proud of playing at home and the record comes with that, you go out and put a little bit more in in front of your own fans.”

Scotland are set to face their oldest rivals England for the 136th time, with the oldest international rugby fixture witnessing the two sides competitnig for the Calcutta Cup on the 125th occasion.

England – unbeaten in this year’s championship – haven’t lost to the Scots since Chris Paterson and Dan Parks combined to kick the Scots to success in 2008.

Despite the mounting pressure from fans and pundits alike, Wilson explained that no added emphasis comes from seeking to end to a decade of hurt. From him, it’s about keeping his countrymen in contention for the title.

“I don’t think there has been a massive emphasis on it [the history], it just comes naturally.

“We’ve got a great nation who come and support us. They’re loud and proud when they do and that always helps us at home.

“We didn’t get off to a great start this championship [losing to Wales in Cardiff] but we righted those wrongs against France a week later.

“The first 20 minutes is massive for us. It’s probably a good thing that when we did go behind France early on we were able to pull it back and grind it out.

“Again, having your fans behind you makes it that bit easier.

“We really need to go out and start well against England, we know that. We’ve got to go out there and surprise them.”