Ludlam warns Scotland England 'are coming for them' ahead of crunch Six Nations clash at Murrayfield

Saints flanker Lewis Ludlam has warned Scotland that England 'are coming for them' as they attempt to make amends for their passive opening to the Guinness Six Nations.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 9:57 am
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 10:07 am
Lewis Ludlam shows his disappointment at the end of England's defeat to France last weekend

Eddie Jones' squad head to Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon hoping to get themselves back into title contention after their disappointing 24-17 defeat to France in Paris last Sunday.

Ludlam rubbishes the perception that the likes of Scotland, Wales and Ireland play with more passion than England, and has placed Gregor Townsend's men on alert for what is coming at them.

And he has said the England players 'hate' the Scots just as much as they hate the English, and they won't give their hosts 'an inch to breathe' this weekend.

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Asked if he feels the Celtic nations have more passion than the English, Ludlam said: "I disagree actually.

"We are emotionally there. They hate us and we hate them. There is no difference.

"It's just another place to go. It's a battle. It's going to be a war and it's something we're excited for and we'll be ready for.

"We are going out to get stuck into them and they are going to do the same to us. I don't think there is any difference in the passion between the two sides.

"Whenever you pull on the shirt, it is a proud moment, it is a passionate experience. They won't be any more revved up than we are for it."

Last week, Jones declared France would face 'brutal physicality' and a "violent gainline onslaught' , but instead it was England who were outmuscled - just three months after being overwhelmed by South Africa in the World Cup final.

"It wasn't the result we wanted against France," said Ludlam, who started on the bench in Paris.

"The best teams don't roll over and take a performance like that. They come back fighting and that is something we are thinking about.

"We're going to come out fighting. We're revved up, we want to be brutal. We don't want to give them an inch to breathe and we're coming for them."

England enter the Calcutta Cup clash as heavy favourites but they have only a 48 per cent win rate at Murrayfield.

"I love being not necessarily the underdog but the team that everyone is rooting against," said Ludlam.

"That helps me definitely to get revved up for a game. People being against you has got a way of really revving you up.

"For my second cap away at Wales there were old ladies and kids giving you the finger going into the stadium.

"That gives you goosebumps and gives you something to say: 'We will shut you up with the rugby'.

"It's all fuel to the fire for me. It adds to my performance and the whole passion and story of it all. That definitely helps get me excited about the game."