Russell: We want to win down there for Vern

Scotland coach Nathan Hines says the pressure of trying to equal the Tier One winning-run record of 18 matches could be a paralysing burden for opponents England in the penultimate round of the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday. When the 24-year-old stand-off plays well, so do his team.

When Scotland beat Wales the weekend before last, they climbed to fifth in the world rankings, their highest ever position.

The Scots have already lost the services of skipper Greig Laidlaw and back-rowers Josh Strauss and John Hardie to injury so far during the Championships. You want to win these games and there are many ways to do that. "So we prepare every player as thoroughly as we can to make sure the squad is in the best shape possible come matchday".

"We have still got the same hunger we had at the beginning of the tournament".

"You knew a loss was probably coming but you didn't know when. We've not won there for a while but we're playing pretty well just now".

"Whatever the starting team is, whoever our finishers are, and our finishers have always done a fantastic job, we know worldwide rugby is 80 minutes and it takes 23 players to win the game".

"Hard to say", he pondered when asked if he owed a debt to Cotter, who is just two games away from ending his tenure as Sctoland head coach.

Russell also paid tribute to the influence of Jason O'Halloran, who he will continue to work with at Glasgow when the attack coach moves there in the summer. "For myself, next season he'll be at Glasgow and I look forward to working with him there". It's always going to be like that when it comes to the last couple of games in the competition. They have some real strengths in their pack and across their team.

  • Leroy Wright