GREGOR Townsend has kept faith in the same team that beat France for Saturday's Calcutta Cup meeting with England at Murrayfield.

The Scots bounced back from an opening day Six Nations defeat to Wales by recording a 32-26 victory over the French in Edinburgh ten days ago.

And Townsend has retained the same starting XV for the visit of the defending champions. 

There are changes on the bench, where prop WP Nel replaces Jon Welsh, lock Tim Swinson comes in for Ben Toolis and centre Nick Grigg takes the spot of Chris Harris. 

Townsend said: "The players put a huge amount of effort into our win over France. They found a way to win and kept attacking the opposition up until the final whistle.

“England are the number two side in the world and have shown a very good level of consistency in the past couple of seasons. This is due to the quality of their playing and coaching staff, who have done a tremendous job.

“They have a very good defence, an excellent set-piece and like to get 10 and 12 on the ball as much as possible in attack. Taking on England is going to be a huge challenge and we are well aware that only our very best will be good enough in this fixture.

“As always our supporters will play a vital role throughout the match and we’re delighted to be back at BT Murrayfield with the backing of our home fans.”