George ready for 'exciting' Scotland test

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England hooker Jamie George says the squad are fully prepared for an 'exciting contest' against Scotland in their NatWest 6 Nations game on Saturday.

In the defence of their title, England have won both games so far while Scotland beat France in their last match following an opening weekend defeat to Wales.

Much has been made of the change in style under head coach Gregor Townsend but George says England are prepared.

"I think we're pretty aware of the gameplan that they want to try and put on us and bring to us," said the Saracens hooker.

"In terms of the way that Townsend coaches them I think they're a very well drilled team that look to throw the ball around a lot, but at the same time stress the importance of their set piece.

"I think their set piece has come under quite a lot of scrutiny before the tournament and I think they've proven quite a few people wrong in the first few games, they've got a very well drilled set piece.

"They are a very different team to the one we played last year and I think it's going to be a seriously exciting contest come Saturday."

Murrayfield memories

In his only appearance at Murrayfield for England, George was a 15-9 winner in 2016 with England.

However, back in 2012 he watched club team mate Owen Farrell make his England debut at Murrayfield as an England fan so he has fond memories of Scotland's ground.

"Murrayfield's an amazing stadium and it was a great experience watching one of your mates get their first cap," he said. "That's probably my favourite non-playing England-Scotland moment. "As a player he's now showing he's one of the best players in the world."

"You grow up watching the Six Nations games so you always want to be involved in these."

George also had special praise for Farrell on how he has developed his game in the six years since that first outing.

"As a player he's now showing he's one of the best players in the world at the minute, we're very lucky to have him at club and country," added the 27-year-old.

"He's constantly evolving his game. I think the way that he's evolved his attack, obviously he himself says he's a 10, but when he plays at 12 the lines he picks are incredible and that's another string to his bow that he's showing with lots of line breaks.

"We were kind of different when he first came down, he was a big lad from Wigan and I was a posh guy from Hertford so there was a bit of a clash at first.

"But we're really, really good mates now - I'm an usher at his wedding in the summer so we hit it off."


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