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Quartet return for Andy Robinson's Scotland side

Venue: Twickenham Date: Sun, 13 March Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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Robinson explains Scots changes

Scotland coach Andy Robinson has made four changes and a positional switch for as his side looks to beat Grand Slam-chasing England at Twickenham.

Wing Simon Danielli, centre Joe Ansbro and scrum-half Rory Lawson all come in and Nathan Hines returns at blind-side.

Kelly Brown is switched to number eight, while Johnnie Beattie and wing Nikki Walker are omitted from the 22.

Mike Blair and Nick De Luca drop to the bench, where flanker Alasdair Strokosch returns for the first time this season.

Danielli will make his first start of the championship, while Ansbro has recovered from concussion that forced him to miss the 21-18 defeat by Ireland.

Sunday's match marks the 100th anniversary of Scotland's first trip to Twickenham, but in 44 matches they have won on only four occasions, the most recent back in 1983.

I believe the players have the ability to go there and control the game

Scotland head coach
Andy Robinson

England go into the game with three straight victories in this season's Six Nations, while the Scots have suffered three defeats.

But Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: "The record books show what a special achievement it would be for the Scotland team to win on Sunday.

"That is our intention and we firmly believe that if we can deliver a sustained, intelligent and ruthless performance then we can achieve our first win of this season's championship.

"England have played some good rugby in this championship, but Sunday is about our performance.

"Simon Danielli and Rory Lawson have both been playing well for their clubs and Joe Ansbro was unfortunate to miss the game against Ireland through injury, while Nathan Hines' experience will be an asset for us in our back row.

"I believe the players have the ability to go there and control the game."

Captain Alastair Kellock has branded criticism of Scotland's backs as unwarranted and insists that errors have come from all areas and the whole team must improve to beat England.

"We know that the mistakes we're making are unacceptable and that's what's costing us games," he said.

"It's tough that we've not got a win, but we're positive and we're taking strides forward.

"Some of the things we've done are just silly mistakes. But we know we can change that.

"It's a collective thing. It's about making sure we've got a good platform for the backs to attack from."

England have won their first three Six Nations fixtures and Kellock added that playing at what will be a packed Twickenham is an experience he is looking forward to.

"It's a fantastic place to play rugby. The atmosphere will be great and one of the goals I have set myself this week is to make sure I enjoy the occasion," he added.

Scotland: Paterson (Edinburgh); Danielli (Ulster), Ansbro (Northampton), S Lamont (Scarlets), M Evans (Glasgow Warriors); Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), R Lawson (Gloucester); Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ford (Edinburgh), Low (Glasgow Warriors), Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Kellock (Glasgow Warriors, captain), Hines (Leinster), Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Brown (Saracens).
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), Cross (Edinburgh), Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Strokosch (Gloucester), Blair (Edinburgh), Parks (Cardiff Blues), De Luca (Edinburgh).

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