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England make five changes with Youngs out and Heinz in for Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield

EDDIE JONES has ripped-up his England team making FIVE changes for the must-win Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is the biggest casualty as the 96-capped star drops to the bench with Willi Heinz starting.

Tom Curry stays at No8 and Lewis Ludlam comes into the back-row at blindside flanker.

There is only one change to the backline as Jonathan Joseph comes in for injured Manu Tuilagi and Luke Cowan-Dickie is replaced by Tom Dunn after his girlfriend went into labour.

England lost the first Six Nations clash 24-17 to France in Paris last weekend.

Jones said: “Preparation this week has been great.

"We have sought to address the issues from the France game and have had a really good and sharp preparation for Scotland.

Scotland are a dangerous side. They like to play with a lot of width and with a lot of flow and tempo in their game. We want to make sure we dominate the gain line.

“Their win record against England at Murrayfield is substantially higher than their overall record against us, so we have to recognise they are a dangerous beast and we have to be at our best to beat them.”

England generally have the whip hand over Scotland in rugby matches between the two sides, with 75 wins to the Scots' 43 and 19 draws.

But Scotland have had the better of things over the past couple of years, starting with a convincing 25-13 win last time England visited Murrayfield in 2018.

And in last year's Six Nations, the Scots came from 31-0 down at half time to the brink of achieving their first win at Twickenham since 1983.

England starting XV

15 George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps)

13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 48 caps)

12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 80 caps) C

11 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 40 caps)

10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 66 caps)

9 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)

1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 58 caps)

2 Jamie George (Saracens, 46 caps)

3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 32 caps)

4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 35 caps)

5 George Kruis (Saracens, 42 caps)

6 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 7 caps)

7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)

8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 20 caps)

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