MATT SCOTT has called on Scotland to shake off their tag as “gallant losers” and make history by beating England at Twickenham today.
It is 32 years since Scotland last won at the home of English rugby and a shock victory would revive a campaign that has included defeats, albeit narrow ones, in each of their RBS 6 Nations matches so far.
Some bookmakers have Vern Cotter’s side at 9/1 to lift the Calcutta Cup and Scott admits their poor record at Twickenham will be on their minds this weekend.
“It does have an effect, for me personally it’s a massive opportunity to make history,” said the Edinburgh centre.
“The history is hard to ignore. People talk about that team that won in 1983 and personally I use it as a great motivation.
“Every Scotland-England game has a massive build-up and it’s a massive emotional experience.
“It’s hard to describe but it’s such a great occasion to play in – the players do channel the history, the number of years we haven’t won – the players use that, it’s a powerful tool.”
Scott added: “Words can’t describe what it would be like for us to win. We’ve not won down there in my lifetime so it would be unbelievable.”
Scott, who has 23 caps for his country, comes into Scotland’s midfield for Alex Dunbar, who ruptured his cruciate ligament in training and will be out for six to nine months.
“I’m absolutely devastated for him because it was such an innocuous injury in training and for it to be so serious – I’m really gutted for him,” Scott said.
“I sent him a text after he had done it saying I hoped the news was good and he texted me back later saying it was bad news and that he couldn’t believe it.
“I just said I was gutted for him. We get on really well and it’s devastating to hear news like that.
“I really hope he can make his recovery in time for the World Cup because he’s a player who has been in excellent form and a player we need playing for us.
“I’m just going to try to replicate the performances he’s been putting in and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”