Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum added to Scotland squad

Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum added to Scotland squad

Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum added to Scotland squad

Josh Strauss has urged Scotland to take the fight to Ireland in this weekend's Six Nations clash after England showed the way by overpowering the 2018 Grand Slam winners.

The Scots' study of England's victory brought some pointers allied to Scotland's own success two years ago at Murrayfield and parts of last year's game in Dublin, where Scotland were in touch until an interception just before half-time. "Because England were tackling in twos the dominance of their defence was insane, so we'll be looking to do the same". We were well in control and we just gave Italy momentum by being less aggressive at the end and slipping off tackles. We'll need to take a similar step this week because we've seen what England have done. "They started well and played very well, but that doesn't make Ireland a bad team", said the 29-year-old.

"We need to raise it, we know that".

'Also England picked the right opportunities to counter-ruck. They were really smart around the field. We've done the job we needed to against Italy and there's a whole new focus now this week.

"We were disappointed with the last 10 or 15 minutes of the Italy game obviously".

"We're at home and that's massive for us".

'They've got two of the best kicking nine and tens, who are really good at putting the ball to foot and pinning teams back, ' he said.

"We've looked at some aspects of how we beat them in that game, in terms of turnovers and how we approached it".

Munster lock Billy Holland, capped once in 2016, has been added to the Ireland squad in place of Toner, although barring further injuries is not expected to be in the matchday 23. The gap left by Ringrose will be filled using existing resources.

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