Six Nations 2021: England youth player Cam Redpath starts for SCOTLAND in the Calcutta Cup alongside Finn Russell
GREGOR TOWNSEND named an attacking Scotland team for tomorrow's Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham – and urged them to show no fear.
Townsend has handed a debut to former England prospect Cam Redpath, and paired him with fly-half Finn Russell for their Six Nations opener.
The Scots haven't won in England since 1983, but Toony reckons they have players who can finally put the Auld Enemy to the sword.
And in rookie Redpath they have someone armed with plenty of inside info on their rivals.
Townsend said: "The hope and the aim is to be attack-minded. Sometimes weather and opposition defences are a factor in the game plan.
"We've got a few fearless guys in our backline, and that's the mindset you want.
"When you go away from home, you want people who are confident to show their strength and express themselves. I want players who are also prepared to have a real go at the opposition."
Toony has no qualms about chucking Redpath, 21, straight in, having persuaded the Bath centre to play for Scotland rather than England.
He added: "Cam is ready. We've seen that in his performances at Bath this year. He can't wait to play and we can't wait to see him.
"He's a fierce competitor and his skill set is outstanding.
"He has a very good running game, can pass off either hand, and has a great short kicking game.
"That has led us to the strong belief he will go well at Test level.
"Cam was in a special position in being able to choose between two countries. We're glad he chose us."
Redpath will make his debut inside a near-empty Twickenham, a far cry from the last game two years ago when the ground was rammed with 82,000 fans.
Townsend hopes it will help the new boy feel like it is just another game.
He said: "Having no fans helps anyone making their debut away from home. It feels more like a neutral venue. The boys are used to playing without crowds.
"So if this feels like just another game for Cam then that's for the best. What he's been doing over the last few years is what we want to see in a Scotland jersey now."
Redpath was part of the England set-up until last year, and Townsend admits it's been helpful picking his brains – as well as those playing down south – on their rivals.
He added: "It helps that Cam has trained with England.
"We have a few boys who play down south, and that helps, too, when we want insights into individuals, and what they do at training.
"It adds to the analysis coaches and players bring to the table."
Russell returns to the Scotland team after missing most of 2020, following his bust-up with Townsend at the start of the year, then getting an injury.
Toony said: "Finn has brought energy, been hugely positive, and led in a number of areas. He can't wait to play. He's really enjoyed being here and with his team-mates.
"He's added parts to his game. Not just the skill of executing a kick ? he could have done that years ago.
"Now he knows when and where to execute it.
"Finn's running game is a really under-rated part of his play. We'll certainly encourage him to run at any opportunity at Twickenham."
SCOTLAND TEAM TO FACE ENGLAND
Stuart Hogg (C), Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Cameron Redpath, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Subs: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Willem Nel, Richie Gray, Gary Graham, Scott Steele, Jaco van der Walt, Huw Jones.
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