Rowntree is happy to concede England are underdogs - but he warned Scotland not to underestimate the visitors.
"Scotland always save a passion up for us," said Rowntree, the England forwards coach.
"Going up there, especially at this point in time, given where we have been, the unspeakable past, they will be licking their lips.
"We will be expecting that. Those emotions and those experiences of running out on the field are what drive you as a player.
"It is a fact we are underdogs in terms of experience. No-one expects us to do well. We will have something to say about that.
"We have not got as much experience as previous teams but these guys are good enough.
"What has impressed me has been the energy and eagerness to get us up and running again.
"We reached a bit of a low as a national team but we dropped that within two days of being together.
"If you look in our dressing room, there is plenty of passion and Englishness there.
"Away games in club land and the Test arena are what makes it special. I envy the players."
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