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Two changes for England as they aim to keep Six Nations heat on Schmidt's Ireland

Stuart Lancaster has brought Mike Brown and Courtney Lawes into his team to face Scotland on Saturday.

ENGLAND HEAD COACH Stuart Lancaster has made two changes to his starting team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland [KO 17.00], as his side look to keep their title hopes alive.

Mike Brown Brown missed the defeat to Ireland due to concussion. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Mike Brown returns at fullback having sat out the defeat to championship rivals Ireland due to concussion, while dynamic lock Courtney Lawes is also back after recovering from an ankle injury.

Saracens duo Alex Goode and George Kruis drop out of the match day squad to make space for Brown and Lawes, despite both having started in Dublin against Joe Schmidt’s side.

There are three further changes on the bench, as Newcastle prop Kieran Brookes, Leicester second row Geoff Parling and Northampton back row Tom Wood replace Henry Thomas, Tom Croft and Nick Easter.

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England need a victory to ensure their championship bid gets back on track following the loss to Ireland, while Scotland come into the Twickenham clash after three defeats so far in the Six Nations.

England team to face Scotland:

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
10. George Ford (Bath Rugby)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4. David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
6. James Haskell (Wasps)
7. Chris Robshaw (captain, Harlequins)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Replacements:

16. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
18. Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
19. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
20. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
22. Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
23. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

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