Saturday 20 January 2018

Taking down All Blacks has made England 'the hunted' claims Wood

Mick Cleary

Tom Wood is relishing the prospect of Scotland coming to Twickenham in pursuit of a sporting kill in much the manner that England claimed the All Blacks' scalp two months ago.

"We've gone from targeting New Zealand to being the target ourselves," said Wood, who will be named in England's back-row today by Stuart Lancaster and was man of the match against the All Blacks.

"We've got to deal with all that, that change of expectation and the fact that Scotland will be more than happy to spoil the party at Twickenham.

"They've a big side, so they're going to try and make life difficult for us in the line-out, driving mauls and the like. Given the weather, we might need some brawlers who will get their hands dirty, get down on the floor, go hard over the ball and put their head where it hurts. We're quite happy with that."

Lancaster will confirm England's starting line-up today and it is expected to include a debut for Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees in place of the injured Manu Tuilagi. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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