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Hartley to become England's second-most capped player

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Saints duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have once again been named by Eddie Jones in the England starting line-up to play Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield.

The Red Rose lock horns with their north-of-the-border rivals at 4.45pm in the third round of the NatWest 6 Nations, but have not lost a Calcutta Cup clash in a decade.

Captain Dylan Hartley will become England’s second most-capped player of all time when he steps out for the 92nd time on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Saint will surpass Jonny Wilkinson on 91 caps and now only sits behind Jason Leonard (114).

Lawes meanwhile continues at blindside flanker after impressing against both Italy and Wales, carrying 20 times and making 26 tackles so far in the Championship.

Meanwhile Harry Mallinder, who was included by Jones in the 25-strong England training squad last weekend, has been released and is available for Saints' clash at Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Eddie Jones said: "We are really excited about this game and we will need to be very tough and relentless in our defence to keep the pressure on this Scottish team.

"They are renowned for their attack so we will need to put pressure on them, create opportunities through our defence for our attack, and convert those opportunities to points.

"Our preparation over the last two weeks has been important in that it has allowed us to regenerate the players, improve the fitness of some and to get a clear understanding on how we will play this weekend."

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 66 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 37 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 55 caps)
11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 78 caps)

1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 46 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 91 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 49 caps)
5 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 16 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 63 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 61 caps)
8 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 12 caps)

16 Jamie George (Saracens, 22 caps)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 53 caps)
18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
19 George Kruis (Saracens, 23 caps)
20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 28 caps)
22 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 10 caps)
23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 25 caps)

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