Palmer insists his allegiances are 100 per cent with England despite starting his international career with Scotland
There was a time when Tom Palmer could have been lining up against England for Scotland but ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham he admits his decision is finally paying off.
The 31-year-old lock, who has been one of the stars of this year’s RBS 6 Nations, went to Boroughmuir High School and played for Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Palmer then declared his senior allegiance to England but has endured a stop-start international career until the last 12 months.
The Stade Francais star, who has won 23 caps following his debut almost a decade ago, has come into his own in the last year since stepping into former captain Steve Borthwick’s position.
And as table-toppers England continue their quest for a first Grand Slam in eight years Palmer doesn’t have any regrets.
“It was a decision I made a long time ago and I am very pleased with it. I am looking forward to the game at the weekend and playing for England ,” said Palmer.
“If I had gone down the Scottish route there would have been lots of legalities because I was born in England and have English parents.
“I went to school up there. It would have been a residency issue. It might not ever have happened. I did not explore it and I have no regrets over that.
“I always had faith in my own ability, faith I would get in and establish myself and play regularly for England.”