England head coach Andy Robinson has warned his players they will face a Scotland side fuelled by passion in Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.
Scotland's tangled history with England fires emotions in those from north of the border before each running of the oldest fixture in the rugby calendar.
Such acute rivalry is a rare emotion and Robinson is aware of the affect it can have, even in the modern age of professionalism some 134 years after the two sides met in the first rugby international.
"Passion gives you that extra edge," said Robinson.
"This team have nothing to lose. I think they are a quality side with the side they have picked.
"Scotland will be coming to really attack us, we're going to attack Scotland, I think it's going to be an outstanding game of rugby."
England and Scotland head into the final fixture of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations with both teams having endured a difficult championship, with only a victory apiece over Italy to show from their first four matches.
England eventually secured their first win last week with a comprehensive, if workmanlike, 39-7 win over Italy the day before Scotland had their hides tanned by a rampant Wales side at Murrayfield.
The Welsh raced into a 43-3 lead before Scotland managed to even get a foothold, but the second-half fightback forced the England management to sit up and take notice.
"I enjoyed watching the Wales game last week to see how they (Scotland) finished because that was enough motivation for us. They finished with some superb rugby," said Robinson.
England scored six tries against Italy and could have finished off 10 more. But against Scotland, Robinson insisted it will be the result and not the style that is important.
"It's funny this, I think we can talk about style, the way you are playing and scoring tries but ultimately we are in this to win and that's probably the biggest lesson I have learnt in this job," he said.
"It's been a harsh lesson but a very, very good lesson. If you are winning you move forward. The whole objective here is for us to win and that's it.
"It doesn't matter how we play, it all comes down to the final score.
"In some respects England have performed better than we have over the last three or four years, but we haven't won the games and ultimately that is what people look at. Everything else gets forgotten."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.