The silencing of the pipes on the orders of the tournament organisers drew fierce criticism from Scotland’s 1990 Grand Slam-winning captain David Sole and led to SNP MP’s signing an early day motion slamming the move.
The RFU revealed yesterday that Scottish fans will be allowed to bring pipes in for the Six Nations clash – although England supporters could have a veto over the volume.
“All musical instruments, including bagpipes, are welcome in the footprint of the stadium so it is fine to bring them in through the turnstiles,” said an RFU spokeswoman.
Twickenham will allow fans to bring bagpipes into the stadium
Scotland were banned from taking bagpipes into the stadium during the 2015 World Cup
“If they are then taken into the stadium bowl – ie to the seats – we do reserve the right for them not to be played if other fans complain about the noise or viewing obstructions. It’s the same for drums, trumpets and any other musical instruments.”
The decision will be welcomed by the Scotland fans who are planning a piped march on Twickenham in the hope of witnessing a first victory on English soil since 1983.
However the likelihood that they will instead see England equal the world record of 18 consecutive has grown with Billy Vunipola set to be parachuted straight in at No 8 after three months out with a knee injury.
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The England talisman was last night retained in a slimmed-down match squad and has been inked in to replace Nathan Hughes in the starting line-up after coming through 72 minutes intact for Saracens on Sunday.
Jonathan Joseph is also set to return at centre for Ben Te’o after being rested against Italy a fortnight ago with Ben Youngs likely to resume at scrum-half at the expense of Danny Care.
Jack Nowell is in line to replace Jonny May on the wing after touching down twice against the Azzurri.