Scots Cool on Favourites Tag

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw does not mind Eddie Jones discussing Calcutta Cup favourites because it may distract England and their new coach.

After insisting Scotland were “red-hot favourites” to win at Murrayfield on Saturday, Jones has now changed tack.
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He joked that he would apologise to Scotland coach Vern CotterÓÄ® and is happy for his side to assume that mantle.

“The more talking he does about us, hopefully the less he’s concentrating on England,” said Laidlaw.

Laidlaw, who will win his 47th cap in the Six Nations opener, the same tally as his uncle Roy Laidlaw, was nonplussed about who should be considered favourites.

“You’ll have to phone the bookmakers,” he said. “I’m not a betting man. We just have to control the controllables. We will roll up our sleeves and we’ll certainly be giving it our best shot.

“We’ll go out there with confidence. We have to. We want to turn Murrayfield into a place that is extremely hard for visiting teams to come.