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De Villiers wary of England

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers believes much-improved England are a "different beast" two years on from their last clash.

None of the England team lining up at Twickenham today have beaten the two-time world champions as the winless run stands at 11 matches, since November 2006, including three losses and a draw in 2012.

But then De Villiers' men were not expected to beat New Zealand last month and did, ending the world champion All Blacks' 22-match unbeaten run, so he is not about to offer tips to England.

"A big part of our group never experienced beating the All Blacks and we managed to do that earlier this year," De Villiers said.

"It's the old thing about records, they're there to be broken. We certainly don't want them to do that.

"It's probably the team that's evolved the most and improved the most.

"You look back at that year (2012) and the four games that we played each other - not much between the two teams.

"They're a different beast now in 2014."

Cotter keeps faith in Scots

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has kept faith with the same starting line-up that beat Argentina for New Zealand's visit to Murrayfield today.

Scotland ran in five tries on their way to a 41-31 victory over Argentina last weekend and Cotter does not want to break up his winning side against the world champions.

"Last weekend we had the ball and looked dangerous, and showed great character to keep faith and confidence in our attacking philosophy," Cotter said.

"I really enjoyed watching the players play for each other against Argentina.

"They picked themselves up time and time again, and encouraged each other to keep on working for our collective cause.

"It was fantastic to see, as was our ability to get over the line and score tries, all of which contributed to a strong case for reselection."

Cotter has made four changes to Scotland's replacements bench.

Forwards Fraser Brown and Tim Swinson replaced Scott Lawson and Jim Hamilton, while Johnnie Beattie and Chris Cusiter come in for Alasdair Strokosch and Henry Pyrgos, who has a had injury.


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