Six Nations 2014: Andy Farrell plays down Murrayfield concerns


Backs coach Andy Farrell insists England will not be affected if the Murrayfield pitch cuts up during Saturday's match against Scotland.

The pitch, which is already boggy in areas, will be replaced in the summer.

It was sprayed with garlic in November in an attempt to eradicate parasites damaging grass root structure but, with rain forecast, Farrell has no concerns that the pitch could be a factor.

"It really doesn't bother us. We're ready for any type of game," he said.

"We knew it wouldn't be the best. It was cutting up a little bit while we were training.

"Who knows what will happen? It could teem it down and the pitch would be very bad anyway. It's the same for both sides."

Running rugby has been at a premium with just one try in the last four meetings between the sides in Edinburgh.

The two have been separated by a converted score or less in each of those matches and Farrell is expecting a similarly closely-fought encounter this weekend.

"Everyone likes to look at form, but that goes out the window in a game like this," he added.

"That's why they're always close and feisty contests.

"The history and rivalry between these nations is what makes it absolutely special."