England recall for Ryan

 

Dean Ryan returned to the England team after a six-year absence yesterday and admitted: "I never thought I would play international rugby again."

The Newcastle number eight denied that his reputation for having a short fuse could let him down on the big occasion.

He is one of four changes for the Five Nations clash in Scotland - all forced on coach Clive Woodward through injury to the players who swept aside Wales last month.

Also recalled are scrum-half Matt Dawson, wing Adedayo Adebayo and prop Darren Garforth.

Meanwhile, Scotland have kept faith with the side who lost to Wales 11 days ago. Newcastle lock Doddie Weir is likely to lead out the side on the occasion of his 50th cap.