England secures 2nd Six Nations title after thrashing Scotland
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 3:07
England retained back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles for the first time since 2001 with their 18 consecutive win, and will travel to Dublin in the final round of the competition looking to seal back-to-back Grand Slams. "If they want to play a power game then he could be a really big danger".
A video released by England Rugby's Twitter account showed the squad running out for training on Friday morning, with Farrell lagging behind the team as he headed out for his own individual session. "They're beaten, they're out of the tournament and they love spoiling parties".
Ford played a starring role in the Red Rose midfield during the 61-21 demolition of Scotland at Twickenham as he laid on two tries for Jonathan Joseph as England rampaged during the first half.
Ford said: "We are hugely excited about the challenge of going over to Dublin and trying to go and create some history and memories with each other".
"The discipline was very poor in the first half and there were soft tries".
"And New Zealand, poor dears, will be expunged from the record books". For those of us who sat through the drubbings and disappointments for year after year, when Scottish players seemed at times incapable of completing even simple tasks like passing the ball, the transformation under a new generation of players and leaders is a source of national pride.
England are chasing that record but we've got plenty of motivation ourselves to win this game. "There's always stuff to work on, as we've only equalled the record and we'd like to go one more".
Stuart Hogg has spent the past month being scared witless by Scotland skipper John Barclay - but he insists it will be no shock if his side stun England at Twickenham.
Nathan Hughes has received mixed reviews from pundits and spectators alike, but with the world class Vunipola recovering from his knee injury it would be silly to have the mighty Billy picking up splinters on the bench for the majority of the match.
"You guys [the media] have been asking for a better start from the team, the ideal start, and we hit the ground running", said Hartley. "It's the day after St Patrick's Day, it is going to be very, very emotional so we are going to have to turn up with the right mindset to try to negate everything Ireland are going to bring on the mental side of things". "It's nearly impossible if you get it right".
England and Scotland first played at Edinburgh's Raeburn Place in rugby union's inaugural worldwide match back in 1871.
Further touchdowns from substitutes Anthony Watson, Vunipola and Danny Care outlined England's strength in depth, while the laser-like accuracy of Owen Farrell's kicking landed seven conversions and four penalties. His performances after his recovery from a serious toe injury are yet to match those of last year's Six Nations and the Australian summer tour, but his work rate and his abrasiveness are much needed as England will look to boss Ireland up front.