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Everything to play for - Lamont

Everything to play for - Lamont

Lamont: Knows what's needed

Scotland wing cum centre Sean Lamont says his team will be coming out with all guns blazing when they tackle England at Eden Park on Saturday.

The two sides meet for the 129th time, but rarely has so much been at stake as there is for this World Cup Pool B showdown.

With Argentina odds on to get the qualifying points they need against Georgia the following day, it is either England or Scotland who will likely be starting to pack their bags for the journey home after they meet.

Following the agonising 13-12 loss to Argentina last weekend, the Scots must win, and win handsomely, if they want to maintain their record of always reaching the quarter-finals of rugby’s top competition.

The reward for a Scotland upset win would probably be a match-up against the All Blacks back at Eden Park on October 9.

England will be looking for a fourth straight win to set up a quarter-final match with France and they have already made it clear no mercy will be shown to the Scots.

The two sides have only met once before in the World Cup when England won 9-6 in the semifinals of the 1991 tournament.

It will also be the first time they have played at a neutral venue since they took part in the very first rugby international played in Edinburgh in 1871.

Scotland’s players know they have to produce the collective performance of a lifetime if they are to have any chance of ruining England’s hopes of a second World Cup victory.

“There’s everything to play for. They’ll be coming out fighting and it’s a classic Scotland-England derby - here we go again,” said Lamont who switches from the wing to inside centre.

“We know the job we need to do, but it’s still a lot of pressure. None of the boys are ready to go home yet. None of them.

“It’s not a pile of points. Eight points, we need, it’s not a massive difference.

“England can leak tries and they’ve shown in this tournament that they can concede, so there’s no reason why we can’t get a few points against them.”

Scotland coach Andy Robinson, who formerly coached England, has brought in six new players for the match with the captaincy reverting to lock Alastair Kellock, who missed out on the Argentina game.

Also back in are Joe Ansbro, who lines up with Lamont at centre and prop Euan Murray who was not considered for the Pumas game as he opts not to play on Sundays due to his religious beliefs.

Mike Blair gets the start at scrum-half in place of Rory Lawson, who was captain against Argentina, Simon Danielli comes in on the wing in place of Lamont and Richie Vernon is at number eight in place of Kelly Brown.

England show three changes to the side that overwhelmed Romania 67-3 in their last match.

Matt Stevens, Courtney Lawes and Delon Armitage come in for Alex Corbisiero, Tom Palmer and Mark Cueto. The first two drop to the bench and Cueto has been left out of the match-day 22.

Lawes is back in the side at lock after serving a two-match ban for kneeing an opponent in the win over Argentina.

“Courtney’s playing very well. He hasn’t played for two weeks but we’re very comfortable with having him in the team,” Johnson said.

“We’re reasonably healthy which is great at this point in the tournament and we thought this was the right team.”

Johnson experienced the special atmosphere of England-Scotland games many times himself as a player and he says he knows exactly what to expect from the Scots.

“It’s the oldest international in the world. There’s a lot of history there, you grow up watching the game,” he said.

“But that’s all for the build-up in the exterior. For us, it’s about going out and playing well, doesn’t matter if it’s Scotland or whoever it may be, you’ve just got to go out and perform.

“If we get it wrong there’s a chance we could be sitting at home by Tuesday.”


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