Much more was expected from an England side who confidently powered their way to the World Cup final last autumn with victories over Australia and New Zealand. Instead, there were flashbacks to their stuttering showing against South Africa, France gaining the upper hand early on and England struggling for ideas in the face of inspired opponents.
A defiant Eddie Jones has brushed off renewed criticism about his methods and warned his players to avoid the "poison" that is floating around the team.
"I think both sets of players will be motivated, we always are because it's our biggest rival", he said.
Up front, Lewis Ludlam replaces Courtney Lawes at blindside flank, with the latter relegated to the bench alongside Youngs.
While protesting, France continued to play and it was an expensive mistake for which May accepts the guilt, although she thought that Owens had blown the whistle in a noisy Stade de France.
"We weren't good enough in that first half and they were", the Australian said.
" I assume Tom can be a [All Black] Rodney So'oialo- kind gamer - a mobile, hard-running 8 that has round abilities", claimed Jones.
"Tom is just one of those gamers we really feel can be a definitely superior No 8 yet it will certainly require time. Like all of these things, he'll get the appropriate medical check and we'll work it out from there".
Stuart Hogg left will lead out Scotland for the first time at Murrayfield on Saturday
"They will be smarting from their opener in Paris and Eddie [Jones] will have them primed to come to Edinburgh and put in an improved performance".
"That type of assault has actually ended up being a power video game and also we weren't excellent because location", Jones included. "Fair play to them, they did come out of the blocks better than us".
George Ford admits England can ill afford to lose Manu Tuilagi for any of their remaining games as a groin problem threatens his ongoing involvement. It was not immediately apparent how serious the injury is but Jones will be concerned about a player who has spent a considerable portion of his career on the treatment table.
"What am I going to say to him?"
"We have to make sure they keep their focus".
'They were more aggressive. "And I didn't, so I'll own that one", May said.
Stuart Hogg captains his side against England for the first time with Scotland looking to extend their unbeaten run against their old rivals, having won this fixture in 2018 and mounted a thrilling comeback in the 38-38 draw at Twickenham a year ago.
"When the English team had possession, our team was well organized and fought back every time to win the arm wrestle", Galthie said.
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