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Twickenham challenge for Scott Johnson

24 January 2013 07:50

Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson is happy to be the underdog when his side takes on England in their Six Nations opener next month.

The unfashionable Scots open their campaign at Twickenham on February 2, with Johnson's side given little chance of defeating their fierce rival.

But Johnson is looking forward to the contest and the Australian-born 50-year-old believes his side are more than capable of causing an upset.

"The beauty of coaching Scotland, Wales or Australia is there's an underlying will to ruin a party at Twickenham," Johnson said.

"I'm enjoying the prospect of going there with the same mindset.

"Some are saying we've no chance but maybe we're saying something different to ourselves."

Johnson's confidence may be strengthened by the unsettled line-up England look set to have at their disposal after a host of injuries have hit the side in recent times.

Flanker Tom Johnson (knee) has already been ruled out of the entire tournament, Manu Tuilagi (ankle) and Calum Clark (shoulder) remain in doubt, while fly-half Freddie Burns (knee) and prop Alex Corbisiero (knee) are also likely to miss the Scotland match.

But the Scotland boss said he had no sympathy for his England counterpart Stuart Lancaster because of the injury concerns.

"That just leaves them with another 40,000 players to pick from, doesn't it?" Johnson said.

"That's a sad story. You keep writing it. Scotland never get injuries. It's never happened.

"We're the sad kids from the north, we haven't got many rugby teams, a small population base. We don't have much of a chance, do we?"

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