Vern Cotter hoping Scotland can end 34-year losing streak against England at Twickenham
The world has changed but the fashion has not when it comes to Calcutta Cup results on English soil. It is 34 years and counting for the Scots.
Aside from Italy, who have never beaten England anywhere, no Six Nations rival has such a dreadful record at the home of English rugby.
Wales won there 18 months ago at the World Cup, Ireland in 2010 and France in 2005. The Scots have to time travel back into the last century for their last taste of glory.
They have come close, drawing 12-12 in 1989 after leading 12-6 at one point in the second half, and going down 24-21 a decade later in a thrilling finish on Jonny Wilkinson's Five Nations debut but since then it has been one-way traffic.
The nearest they have come to a win on the scoreboard since five became six was in 2015 when England prevailed 25-13 but in reality Scotland were well beaten.
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Big brother has been holding frustrated little brother at arm's length with some ease.
Of course, England with 340,347 registered rugby union players compared to 49,305 in Scotland should dominate the fixture.
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While it is true both sides they can put only 15 of them on the pitch – or 23 including the bench – the law of averages dictates that England should be able to find superior players more often than not. And they do. Only four Scotland sides in history have won at Twickenham.
While amateurism served to blur the picture and offer the outgunned Scots hope of defeating the odds now and again, the arrival of professionalism and an upgraded English player supply line has consolidated the imbalance.
In the pro era England are selecting from 12 Premiership clubs, Scotland just two – and neither of those have been operating at the sharp end of the European club game for any more than the odd fleeting moment.
The last time Scotland beat England at Twickenham was in 1983 – winning 22-12
Glasgow's emergence under Gregor Townsend offers possibilities to build something more permanent around and they are the foundation stone for this the best Scotland side for some time and one that will be playing for a triple crown this weekend.
But while England should rarely have positions of weakness, Scotland will always have areas they need to camouflage – particularly if injuries strike. Without their two first-choice props, WP Nel and Alasdair Dickinson, plus their captain Greig Laidlaw, the scrum and goalkicking looks suspect this weekend.
Suppose Finn Russell kicks his goals, suppose the Scots get away with it at scrum time then they are in the contest but they still have to overcome a consignment of mental baggage that would cost a packet at RyanAir check-in.
Since that distant 1983 victory, the Scots have beaten England six times and drawn with them once at Murrayfield. The ogre does not look so imposing there. But one of the iron rules of the Six Nations is 'Scotland always lose at Twickenham'. No wonder Jim Telfer hates the place so much.
Vern Cotter has experienced that sinking feeling which descends every two years in south-west London and so have the vast majority of his squad.
The team's job this weekend is to brainwash themselves into believing history is bunk. The trouble for Scotland is that reality is anything but. Defeat in England has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.