England has named their starting lineup for their Six Nations opener against Scotland, with Elliot Daly starting at 13 and Tom Curry leading the team.
In the absence of Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes (both injured), Curry captains England, with Luke Cowan-Dickie (hooker), Ellis Genge (prop), and Henry Slade (inside centre) named as vice captains for the difficult first-up match at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Ben Youngs, an international scrum-half, is at scrum-half, with Marcus Smith outside him at 10, and Saracens’ Daly at outside center.
“As the first game, this match is hugely important to both sides and we will both want to get off to a winning start,” revealed England head coach Eddie Jones.
“We have a good, young team but we understand the task ahead and we’ll be ready to go after it from the first kick.
“Tom Curry will captain the side for this game and has the respect of the team around him, in Owen and Courtney’s absence. He also has the support of the vice captains and other leaders in the team such as Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs.
“We have prepared really well for this game. We’ve had a number of obstacles thrown at us, but we’ve overcome them as a more together group and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Joe Marchant, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Tom Curry (c), 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 Nick Isiekwe, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Alex Dombrandt, 21 Harry Randall, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell
Date: Saturday, February 5
Venue: BT Murrayfield
Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)