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Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter Fires Warning To England Ahead Of Twickenham Showdown

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: Scotland head coach Vern Cotter looks on before the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Scotland find themselves in the unusual position of chasing down a Triple Crown heading into the penultimate round of Six Nations fixtures this weekend.

Not since 1990 (during the Five Nations era) have Scotland beaten Ireland, Wales and England in the same championship, and with two of those three vanquished already this year, all roads lead to Twickenham this Saturday.

While England are the favourites to win on their way to a second grand slam in as many years, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has warned that his team are ready to attack the home side and come away with their first win on the ground since 1983.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Cotter said:

“The players are keen when they get their hands on the ball to express themselves at Twickenham.

“I think that’s a good attitude to have and attitude will determine a big part of the game.

“We know when we defend we’ll have to defend resolutely.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Stuart Hogg of Scotland kicks the ball past Dan Biggar during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the soon-to-be-departing coach claims to have Eddie Jones’ game plan figured out, and has backed his own side to withstand any England pressure that will be forthcoming:

“They have a formula that is working well for them.

“They have a bench that is coming on and finishing games off in the last 10 minutes. It’s something we’re aware of.

“I think they’ll comfortably move through the gears as the game goes on and finish in top speed and we’ve got to stay with them.

“We know more or less what’s coming and it’s just a matter of withstanding that.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Scotland coach Vern Cotter (r) celebrates with Tim Swinson after the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scotland currently sit in third place in the Six Nations table and while they are currently outsiders for the trophy behind England and Ireland, an unexpected victory in what has been a much-improved campaign from Cotter and Scotland will see that all change going into the last weekend.

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