England star Ben Youngs wary of a resurgent Scotland side ahead of Calcutta Cup

Scotland under Vern Cotter have finally discovered the formula for combining getting results with promising performances and have beaten Ireland and Wales.

And they will have a chance of winning the Six Nations if they end their 34 year hoodoo in South West London which stretches back to March 1983 when they won 22-12.

Since then they have lost to England 15 times and drawn once and will have plenty of incentives to inflict a first defeat on Eddie Jones as the coach of the Red Rose.

A win for England will see them equal The All Blacks world record of 18 straight wins and would also shatter Jones' dreams of back to back Grand Slam titles.

Ben Youngs expects a stern test against Scotland next weekGETTY

Ben Youngs expects a stern test against Scotland next week

Eddie Jones's side could equal the All Blacks' consecutive win recordGETTY

Eddie Jones's side could equal the All Blacks' consecutive win record

Leicester Tigers scrum half Youngs, 27, who wasn’t born until 1989 six years after Jim Telfer led his side to victory and landed England with a Five Nations wooden spoon.

“I wasn’t born in 1983 and I can’t say there is too much love between the two nations and there certainly isn’t in this side either," Youngs said.

“That rivalry has been there way before I played for England. When was the first game? 1871? That rivalry has been huge and I don’t think that has changed.

“England-Scotland is a big game, you can feel the difference in the build up. Everyone is saying Wales played their best game in two or three years.

"The same with the French, so that is lesson to us all. Every time we play a team they are going to raise their game.

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“They don’t need much more motivation than playing England and number two that they can end this run. They want to be the team that does that."

If England needed a boost for the game they could get it in the shape of big Number 8 Billy Vunipola who is set to play for Saracens against Newcastle Falcons this afternoon.

Vunipola, 24, has been out of action since November with a knee injury but could be in contention for a place on the on the bench against Scotland if he comes through.

“If big Bill gets through the game alright, then a guy like that obviously adds competition in the squad straight away.

“I think if you were playing against that and you saw his name on the team sheet then you’d be slightly annoyed that he’s come back sooner than they thought.

“It’s great to see someone of his calibre back fit so early and it’s testament to him how hard he’s worked to get back probably three weeks sooner than what was expected

“I think on his day he is the best No8 in the world. I don’t think other players can do what Billy does.

“He’s not a guy who waits for the game to come to him, he is just absolutely on it. Every time you get out as a nine you know that Billy is there,” he added.

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