Tune in for both 2018 and 2019 Calcutta Cup Fixtures
This Friday, Scotland fans can tune in for some of the most exciting games in recent memory – Scotland v England from both 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championship.
Ahead of the two fixtures, we’ve prepared a match preview as a reminder of the action that’ll be on your screens, the teams and the post-match reactions.
Setting the scene
England visited BT Murrayfield for Round 3 of the 2018 Six Nations, with Scotland looking for a first victory over England in a decade, their last success in the fixture coming in the form of a 15-9 win in 2008.
On the match build-up, Townsend said: “You can tell when the players are preparing, it is a top team we are playing against. It is England.
"We have got to deliver our best in training this week, and when it comes to Saturday afternoon, we have got to deliver our best-ever performance.”
A scintillating attacking performance from Scotland, allied to a most stubborn defensive shift, were the hallmarks of a win that represented the hosts’ biggest points differential against their greatest rivals since a 33-6 success back in 1986.
Scotland scored three tries, two from Huw Jones and one courtesy of Sean Maitland to secure the 25-13 win, with Finn Russell throwing a pass for the ages as one of many match highlights.
In 2019, Scotland travelled to Twickenham looking to retain the Calcutta Cup and seeking a first win in London since 1983.
The 38-38 draw was remarkable in itself, but Scotland’s comeback from a 31-7 half-time deficit to lead with minutes to go enhanced the tale of a truly astonishing match.
Tries were scored through Stuart McInally, Magnus Bradbury, Finn Russell, Sam Johnson and a brace from Darcy Graham as Scotland indeed did retain the famous trophy.
After the whistle
Gregor Townsend after the 2018 win: “It’s a great feeling, we knew how important this week was going to be,” he says. “The players played with huge pride. It’s been a long time since we have had that trophy.”
Adding to the Head Coach’s thoughts, stand-off Finn Russell said: “It’s unreal for us. I don’t think we surprised ourselves, we had a game-plan and we executed it really well. The last couple of games are going to be tough but if we keep performances up, we have got a chance.”
Gregor Townsend after the 2019 win: "“We showed a lot of character today and to respond in the way we did in the second half, I was more than proud."
Man of the Match, Finn Russell praised his team mates: “At half-time, everyone would have written Scotland off there, it was 31-7 so for us to come out and have a second half like that was outstanding and shows the character the boys have."
Watch the full interview with the media after the memorable day at Twickenham in 2019
Scotland and England teams for 2018 Calcutta Cup Test
Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Tommy Seymour, 13. Huw Jones, 12. Pete Horne, 11. Sean Maitland, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw. 1. Gordon Reid, 2. Stuart McInally, 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Grant Gilchrist, 5. Jonny Gray, 6. John Barclay ( c ), 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Ryan Wilson.
Replacements: 16. Scott Lawson, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Willem Nel, 19. Tim Swinson, 20. Dave Denton, 21. Ali Price, 22. Nick Grigg, 23. Blair Kinghorn.
England: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Jonny May, 10. George Ford, 9. Danny Care, 1. Mako Vunipola 2. Dylan Hartley ( c), 3. Dan Cole, 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. Maro Itoje, 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Harry Williams, 19. George Kruis, 20. Sam Underhill, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Ben Te’o, 23. Jack Nowell.
Scotland and England teams for 2019 Calcutta Cup Test
Scotland: 15. Sean Maitland 14. Darcy Graham. 13. Nick Grigg, 12. Sam Johnson, 11. Byron McGuigan, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Ali Price, 1. Allan Dell, 2. Stuart McInally (c), 3. Willem Nel, 4. Ben Toolis, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Sam Skinner, 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown, 17. Gordon Reid, 18. Simon Berghan, 19. Jonny Gray, 20. Josh Strauss, 21. Greig Laidlaw, 22. Adam Hastings, 23. Chris Harris
England: 15. Elliot Daly, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell (c), 9. Ben Youngs, 1. Ben Moon, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. George Kruis, 6. Mark Wilson, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Ellis Genge, 18. Dan Cole, 19. Brad Shields, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Ben Spencer, 22. George Ford, 23. Ben Te’o
Behind the scenes: Lifting the cup
Browse a selection of images from the 2018 and 2019 fixtures as the players lift the cup, celebrate with fans and team mates.