England drop George Ford as Owen Farrell starts at fly-half for Calcutta Cup

  • Eddie Jones leaves Ford on the bench for Six Nations opener
  • Ollie Lawrence comes in to No 12 jersey against Scotland

Eddie Jones has dropped George Ford for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday with the captain Owen Farrell switching to fly-half and Ollie Lawrence coming into midfield. Jones has made five changes to the side who clinched the Autumn Nations Cup last December with Mark Wilson also getting the nod at blindside flanker.

Ford missed the rescheduled Six Nations win over Italy in October as well as the first two Autumn Nations Cup matches with an achilles injury but returned to fitness to reclaim his place at fly-half. Jones’s decision to move him to the bench for the Calcutta Cup is therefore the first time he has been dropped since the World Cup quarter-final against Australia.

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