Scotland vs. England: Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info for Six Nations 2014

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

England's Brad Barritt, center left, is tackled by Scotland's Johnnie Beattie, center right, during their Six Nations rugby union match at Twickenham Stadium in London, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Scotland welcome England to Murrafield in Week 2 of this year's Six Nations, both sides having come up short in their opening encounters against Ireland and France, respectively.

As they look to get their campaigns off the mark, each team has reason to be desperate ahead of the Edinburgh encounter, but this promises to be one of the tighter head-to-heads witnessed between the close rivals for some time.

With Calcutta Cup honours on the line, Scott Johnson's hosts will be looking to reverse the 38-18 scoreline to which they succumbed at Twickenham 12 months ago.

Read on for all the essential viewing details for Saturday's clash, as well as some finer details that promise to be worth keeping an eye on. 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8

Time: 5 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. ET

Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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Viewing Info: BBC One

Stream: BBC Sport website

Renewed Faith

Although the loss in Paris may have led some coaches into making knee-jerk swaps within the squad, Lancaster has opted to name the same squad for his team's trip north this week.

A broken nose in France last weekend hasn't stopped Jonny May from landing his spot in the coach's setup, while Jack Nowell presumably impressed enough to see Chris Ashton released for his club return.

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It's a good show of loyalty from the English tactician, who will have undoubtedly seen his selection process lauded to a vast extent had his men managed to come out with a win over Les Bleus.

However, losing by a margin of just two points, England were very unfortunate to open their account under such disappointing circumstances, and it makes sense that the changes need not yet be rung in the squad.

Key Players to Watch

Scotland: Stuart Hogg

Although a 22-point deficit in the scoreline would suggest that Scotland were mauled upon their visit to Dublin last weekend, Johnson's men actually held a respectable account of themselves, a back three of Stuart Hogg, Sean Lamont and Sean Maitland particularly impressive for periods.

Hogg jostled well with Rob Kearney as part of his own personal head-to-head, but another full-back obstacle stands in his way this weekend, with Mike Brown en route to Murrayfield.

He may be on the opposing support this weekend, but Will Greenwood recently voiced his admiration for the youngster:

Owen Farrell's running preferences may result in a slightly less frequent use of the high ball, but depending on how the conditions hold up, any aerial duels could be of a special significance in the grand scheme.

Waht's more, Hogg has history against the English, having managed to score a sensational length-of-the-pitch try in last year's contest. He'll be hoping to do so again, but this time on home territory.

England: Courtney Lawes

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Another player whose significance would rely largely on exactly how the weather shapes up in Edinburgh, Courtney Lawes' rising prominence in England's ranks could have a test on its hands this Saturday.

Against France, the Northampton Saints star again displayed just how crucial a part of the pack he is, both in the loose and at the set piece.

Scotland's tendency to produce good work at the line-out will come under heavy fire courtesy of the mammoth Lawes, and Johnson will be hoping for the right mix of climate in which his team can best go about their business without Lawes interrupting.