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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Positive' England Aims to Silence the 'Boo-Boys'

LONDON -- England set out in search of a hat-trick of Five Nations championship titles Saturday with captain Phil de Glanville appealing to the noisy Twickenham critics to unite behind the home team.


The visit of Scotland to a ground where it has failed to win for 14 years should be an ideal start for a developing English team, but memories of the supporters' jeers that greeted last month's 20-18 win over Argentina are fresh in many minds.


Coach Jack Rowell has since been accused by his predecessors of preaching tactical "mumbo-jumbo" to his players, and even de Glanville is concerned that the most inventive, cutting-edge rugby may come from the Scots.


The new captain, in charge of his first Five Nations match, watched the Pumas game from the stands, yet refused to commit England to the adventurous style that would silence the boo-boys.


"I think everyone was disappointed with the Argentina game. We played poorly for a long while," said de Glanville.


"Everyone realizes the Five Nations is different," he said. "It becomes more than just a game of rugby, and to that extent, a win is what people would like to see."


De Glanville insists his side will be positive and attempt to cast off the strait-jacket mentality of previous years, but conceded that "expansive" was still not a buzz-word in the English rugby dictionary. The selectors have shown their hand by recalling the steadier Paul Grayson at fly-half in place of Mike Catt, and there continues to be no room for the smooth-running Jeremy Guscott.


The Scots, who paid a heavy price for a lack of defensive concentration in a 34-19 defeat by Wales two weeks ago, have moved Gregor Townsend to fly-half, where he can give the English defense a wider variety of problems.


"I think they have one of the best fly-halves in the world," said de Glanville. "He can dictate and change a game just like that. We're going to have to watch him very closely.


"There is no question of us underestimating them. We have done that before and fell flat on our face."