Where: Twickenham Stadium, England When: Saturday 2nd Feb, 16:00 GMT What: The fixture that everyone loves to hate, England v Scotland is usually a pretty dour affair, although it's often far worse when it's in Edinburgh. Scotland's record at Twickenham is not good at all - they last won there in 1983 - and England are high on confidence at the moment. A year ago, Scotland were confident of some success with Andy Robinson in place and some good young players making names for themselves. Then they lost every match of the 6 Nations. The following summer saw them snatch a priceless away win in Australia in the wind and rain, before narrowly defeating an excellent Samoa side. Then came the AIs, and some promising moments against New Zealand were blown away by the Kiwis scoring 6 tries. More defeats followed, most embarrassingly to Tonga, and the shame was too much for Andy Robinson to continue. So here they are, with a new coach and a weakened team. The new coach is a loudmouth known for his time in Welsh rugby and his aged beach bum looks. It's difficult to see him having much impact on Scotland but stranger things have happened. The team is different to 12 months ago but there's some hope in the form of Dutchman Tim Visser (who scored two tries against the All Blacks), Sean Maitland (a kilted Kiwi who came from the Crusaders), Stuart Hogg's attacking flair at fullback, and Ryan Grant's emergence as a force at loosehead prop. The problems are the form of both their second rows; Richie Gray is enduring an awful season after his surprise move to Sale Sharks, and Jim Hamilton gets older, slower, and clumsier. The backrow is functional rather than brilliant, although Kelly Brown is in good nick, and they'll miss Ross Rennie's scavenging at the breakdown. Last season's revelation, Dave Denton, is relegated to the bench. As for the hosts, these are pretty good times to be an England hopeful - better than at any point since Clive Woodward was in charge. England are not world beaters yet and may not ever get there, but the squad is young, exciting, and clearly enjoying themselves. Last year's 6N saw Lancaster's debut as head coach and featured an almost brand new side; as a result, they concentrated on defence first and ground their way past the first few matches. As time has passed, older players who were brought in to "do a job" have been phased out, and the young talent from the club game have been given their chance to shine. Lancaster's spent a long time dealing with the academies and coaching the Under 20s, and knows an awful lot of the younger players as a result. This is almost a weakness - there does appear to some serious favouritism that's seen some odd names jump ahead in the queue - but it's not a closed shop and these guys are getting vital exposure to international rugby at an early age. England have come a long way since the last 6N. A really tough tour to South Africa saw them lose the first two matches, with their physicality questioned and their work at the breakdown sneered at. A battling draw in the final Test saw them make a few baby steps towards fixing these issues, but it was clear more work was required. Come the AIs, and the first cracks appeared. Fiji were disposed of easily enough, but Australia rocked up looked for a big win after their humiliation by France, and proceeded to teach England a lesson. England's plan at the breakdown was exposed by superior numbers, their defence cracked open time and again by Australia's short kicking game, and their set piece conceded penalties and ground with young Joe Marler struggling with injury and a canny opposite number. Confidence was dented, and mutterings were heard about some late captaincy decisions by Chris Robshaw. Despite all this, England were still incredibly close to winning the game. Next up were South Africa, with everyone predicting doom and gloom for this callow England side. What transpired was a fairly low-quality affair, but England had the better of the breakdown battle and edged the physical contest. This obvious improvement from the summer tour was ignored in favour of more abuse aimed at Robshaw's captaincy, with more contentious decision making at the end of a tight game. Again, England lost. This time they really should have won. Coulda woulda shoulda. Then came the world champions, New Zealand. NZ hadn't lost at Twickenham since 2002, and while they never really enjoyed playing England there, no-one gave England a prayer. Welp. Right from the kick-off, England's pack absolutely tore into the All Blacks. The Kiwis were annihilated at the breakdown and, forced onto the back foot, started making errors under pressure. Owen Farrell (nominated for World Player of the Year, amusingly enough) kicked his goals and England went into the break 15-0 up, having dominated the match from the first minute. But NZ came back like we knew they would, with two lethal quickfire tries. England's lead was down to 1 point in no time at all, and it looked like yet another match where NZ would just run away with it. Only, not this time. England redoubled their efforts, and scored 3 tries in 8 minutes, playing coruscating rugby and simply ripping the NZ defence apart. A late rally brought the score down but England triumphed 38-21, one of the biggest defeats in New Zealand's history. And that's where England stand now. One big change has been made: Manu Tuilagi's out injured, so the awesomely named Billy Twelvetrees (aka '36') comes in at 13 to add some attacking flair to the backline. Young players like Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, and Joe Launchbury are being rewarded after good displays on tour or in the autumn. It's an exciting young side and anything could happen. Even Owen Farrell might run the ball a bit. At home, England should win. In fact, I think England will win by at least 20 points. Scotland are a bit of a mess and England are heading in the right direction. I also think this will be an entertaining game - Scotland's best chance of success is to really attack England with ball in hand, and England are gravitating towards that kind of game. My fingers ache.