Scotland hope to second guess Eddie Jones' new-look England line-up after studying re-runs of his old Japan side, according to scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.
The former Brave Blossoms coach will give the rugby public their first glimpse of his Red Rose makeover when the Auld Enemy run out at Murrayfield on February 6.
But that has left Vern Cotter and his Dark Blues squad in the difficult position of having no prior footage to study ahead of this year's Six Nations opener.
In the absence of up-to-date video, Edinburgh back Hidalgo-Clyne has confessed the Scots have been forced to dig out the old tapes of Japan under Jones in the hope it will offer up some clues on how the Australian plans to approach next week's clash.
He said: "We don't know a huge amount about England and what we can expect from them as a side since Eddie has taken over.
"But there is still a lot of the same players in the squad and we know what they can do as individuals. We know enough about them to know they are dangerous.
"Eddie was a brilliant coach with Japan and we have been looking at some of their games as well as some tapes of England's recent games and we will combine the two and come up with a plan to deal with them.
"It's about looking back and seeing some of the styles of play he has adopted with Japan. He likes set-piece dominance and return play.
"Now he is with England, he will obviously look at the players he has, the abilities they've got and work around that."
The Scots also hope to squeeze every last drop of knowledge out of Saracens centre Duncan Taylor ahead of their Edinburgh battle.
Taylor knows all about the methods of new England defence coach Paul Gustard from working with him at the Aviva Premiership champions. Jones made the 39-year-old's appointment one of his first key priorities after taking over the Twickenham hot seat and plans to copy the system which made Sarries the meanest rear-guard in Europe.
"I think having Duncan here helps a lot," said Hidalgo-Clyne. "He's been asked a few questions from the coaches about what he thinks will happen with England's defensive side.
"He's definitely helped us out with the analysis side and to work out a solution."