La Scozia U20 comincerà venerdì sera da Cumbernauld (Broadwood Stadium, kick off 8.30pm) il 6 Nations di categoria ospitando l’Irlanda.
Dei 23 scelti dall’head coach Sean Lineen, 16 sono prodotti della BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy e altri sette hanno esperienza internazionale di categoria.
“Ireland are going to be physical and astute, and we’ll have to be at the top of our game to match them in all facets. However, we’re going to relish in the challenge and we look forward to doing so in front of our home support,” ha detto Lineen al sito ufficiale della Scottish Rugby.
Robbie Nairn partirà all’ala, uno dei tre giocatori del XV titolare che non gioca in BT Premiership – è, infatti, tesserato con gli Harlequins – mentre gli altri due sono nel pack – in seconda linea c’è Alex Craig (Gloucester) e in prima George Thornton (in forza al Bishop Burton College, prestigiosa scuola dell’East Riding of Yorkshire, in Inghilterra).
Capitano sarà Callum Hunter-Hill, mentre in terza linea gioca Matt Fagerson, fratello di Zander che è stato invece inserito nel gruppo di Vern Cotter.
15. Darcy Graham (Hawick)**
14. Robbie Nairn (Harlequins)
13. Craig Pringle (Stirling County)*
12. Cameron Hutchison (Currie)**
11. Ross McCann (Melrose)**
10. Josh Henderson (Glasgow Hawks)*
9. Andrew Simmers (Heriot’s)
1. George Thornton (Bishop Burton College)
2. Fraser Renwick (Hawick)*
3. Adam Nicol (Stirling County)
4. Alex Craig (Gloucester)
5. Callum Hunter-Hill CAPTAIN (Stirling County)**
6. Luke Crosbie (Currie)**
7. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks)**
8. Tom Dodd (Worcester Warriors)
16. Robbie Smith (Ayr)*
17. Daniel Winning (Boroughmuir)**
18. Fergus Bradbury (Stirling County)*
19. Hamish Bain (Currie)*
20. Jamie Ure (Boroughmuir)*
21. Bruce Flockhart (Glasgow Hawks)**
22. Charlie Shiel (Currie)**
23. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)
* BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 2 player
** BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player
“As is the nature of Under-20’s rugby, there is fresh look to the side, the majority of the guys haven’t played at this level before however many have gotten good game time with their provincial A teams in the British and Irish Cup this season, so that should stand to them,” ha detto l’Head Coach dell’Irlanda, Nigel Carolan.
“We are looking forward to starting the Six Nations. Training has gone well and the boys have gelled as a group. We are taking the tournament one game at a time and are looking forward to kicking things off in Scotland on Friday night.”
Ireland Under-20: 15. Jack Kelly (Dublin University / Leinster) (C) 14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College / Leinster) 13. Gavin Mullin (UCD / Leinster) 12. Ciaran Frawley (UCD / Leinster) 11. Colm Hogan (Dublin University / Munster) 10. Johnny McPhillips (Ballynahinch / Ulster) 9. Johnny Stewart (Queen’s University / Ulster) 1. Joey Conway (UL Bohemian / Munster) 2. Tadgh McElroy (Lansdowne / Leinster) 3. Peter Cooper (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster) 4. Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster / Munster) 5. Oisin Dowling (Lansdowne / Leinster) 6. Cillian Gallagher (Corinthians / Connacht) 7. Paul Boyle (Lansdowne / Leinster) 8. Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College / Leinster)
Panchina: 16. Adam Moloney (Shannon / Munster) 17. Rory Mulvihill (UCD / Leinster) 18. Charlie Connolly (Dublin University / Leinster) 19. Jack Regan (UCD / Leinster) 20. Marcus Rea (Queen’s University / Ulster) 21. Jack Lyons (Young Munster / Munster) 22. Conor Fitzgerald (Shannon / Munster) 23. Tommy O’Brien (UCD / Leinster)