Former England starDusty Hare insists he hasn't been allowed to forget about Scotland loss in 1983
I have a lot of respect for those boys. Rutherford, Deans, Calder, Paxton, Beattie – Scotland haven't had many better players than what they put out that day.
To be honest we were pretty poor. Bill Beaumont's 1980 Grand Slam team had broken up, things had changed and although we had good players they weren't the class players we'd had in previous years.
It was a side at its peak against one that had lost its way a little bit.
We didn't score many tries. It was my boot that kept us in games a little bit. I was farming then and my kicking practice was kicking at a telegraph pole in the paddock near where I lived. It was the amateur era but I did as much as a professional would because I wanted to be the best.
We all juggled our lives but our preparation was pretty good considering we all had jobs. We'd meet in Stourbridge on a Monday night for training – there were boys coming down from Newcastle for that which is incredible when you think about it – then we'd get together again on a Wednesday night, train on a Thursday and have a team run on a Friday. That was quite a lot of rugby.
Dusty Hare is now the an academy coach at Northampton Saints
Everybody was fairly well organised in terms of what we were supposed to be doing but it was just putting that into practice on the day.
You didn't get any cohesion in England teams at all. There were always people being picked and dropped. England were renowned for their one-cap wonders.
There were a lot of players in England but the selectors would always have a problem because there was no league structure to show who was the best.
There were the usual changes before that Scotland game and when Tom Smith fell over from a lineout to score that try, that about summed up our game. It was a very soft try to give away. It was a poor game all round.
In those days the dinner afterwards was all pomp and ceremony. It was bloody awful.
There were two players from each team on each table and the rest were committee and people like that. The last thing you wanted to do after a game – and particularly a defeat like that – was sit down at a table making polite conversation but you had to. We just wanted to retreat somewhere and forget about it.
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Jim Palmer celebrates after Roy Laidlaw scored for Scotland in the 22-12 win over England in 1983
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It's 34 years on and I still haven't been allowed to. I get reminded to this day that I was in the side that last lost to the Scots at Twickenham.
Fortunately English rugby is in a far better place than it was in the '80s now. England have such strength in depth now. The academies are doing a really good job, the England under-18s and under-20s are doing well.
It would be a hell of a result for Scotland if they overcome England at Twickenham on Saturday.
England are a strong side even with the injuries they've had in the forwards – they are still performing – and they have a strong bench.
No disrespect to the Scottish but with the amount of players they have compared to England you would expect England to be beating them every year. That doesn't always happen but in the professional era it is very difficult for a Scotland team to beat England.
It's a great fixture but let's put it like this. As long as I'm alive, hopefully I will never see Scotland win in England again.