Scotland v England - Six Nations Preview

The 2012 Six Nations gets underway this weekend and there is no doubt that the attention will be on England and their new-look for this tournament.

After a really bad Rugby World Cup, England are hoping to make a fresh start in 2012 and with a new coach and new captain, they hope the future is bright for this team.

They start with a tough fixture though. All rugby betting pundits will tell you that facing Scotland at Murrayfield isn't easy and it is without doubt a tough way for Stuart Lancaster to begin in his role as England coach.

The man who replaced Martin Johnson seems positive ahead of this weekend though, saying that he can get the England team back on track.

Referring specifically to improving the team's discipline, he said: "It just takes some time and part of it is also getting players to understand you don’t put yourself in a situation where you can get in trouble."

"The profile and dynamics of professional rugby have changed dramatically over the last five years, and more importantly over the last six months. The message will get through."

As for the selection of Chris Robshaw as captain, Lanchester said: "If you believe someone has the leadership ability and the confidence to do the job well then I think he should be given the opportunity."

"That's how I feel about Chris. It's a similar situation to myself, to be honest. I guess it's a bit of a risk to put an interim head coach in."

"But I'm convinced in myself and I'm also convinced in Chris. I'd have thought Scotland will be pretty confident but we've got to control what we can control."

Despite the home advantage and England's recent troubles, it is actually Lancaster's men that are the betting favourites for this one.

England are 4/6 to win with Bet365, while Scotland are avaialble 11/8 with Coral. Then, the draw can be backed at 20/1 with Betfred.

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