Six Nations 2015: England can 'win by many' - Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree
Rowntree played Scotland five times during his playing career - winning all of them

Scotland should brace themselves for a Six Nations backlash at Twickenham on Saturday, claims England's forwards coach Graham Rowntree.

England were defeated in Ireland last time out, while Scotland have lost their first three Six Nations matches.

"If we get our game right, then we can win by many," Rowntree replied when asked if he would take a one-point win.

"We are planning for a backlash from Scotland, and they should be planning on one from us."

After wins over Wales and Italy, England's 100% start to the Six Nations came to an end with a 19-9 defeat in Dublin.

England's winning run against Scotland
8 February 2014Scotland 0-20 England
2 February 2013England 38-18 Scotland
4 February 2012 Scotland 6-13 England
1 October 2011England 16-12 Scotland
13 March 2011England 22-16 Scotland

"There is lots we have to put right because the Ireland game was immensely frustrating and disappointing," added Rowntree in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live.

"I've just got over it, if I'm honest. We had a long week last week pulling it apart. We're playing a team at Twickenham who have just lost at home and have a lot to prove themselves. I expect a reaction from us."

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has already added spice to the build-up to the teams' meeting, telling the Daily Mail that England "don't really respect us" and that his side need to "go down there and shut them up with a great performance and a big win".

However England captain Chris Robshaw insists he expects a "massive test" from a Scotland side that is "vastly improved" since losing the corresponding fixture 20-0 in Edinburgh last year.

Rowntree added that he has no qualms about the possibility of bringing second row Courtney Lawes into the team for the match, despite his lack of recent action.

The 26-year-old has not featured for England since November's win over Australia and has made only two appearances for Northampton after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury sustained in December.

However, he is set to replace George Kruis or Dave Attwood in Saturday's starting line-up, with Leicester second row Geoff Parling challenging for a place in the match-day squad.

Rowntree also confirmed full-back Mike Brown and centre Luther Burrell are fit to play after completing training on Tuesday.

Brown missed the defeat by Ireland following concussion, while Burrell had been struggling with a slight calf strain.

Courtney Lawes
Lawes started in Northampton's 33-33 draw with Gloucester on Saturday

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