Coombes, Hutchinson, & Smith in Scotland U20 squad to face France


Scotland have named their U20 side to face France in their opening 6 Nations encounter this weekend.

The exciting Scottish side includes a number of players who will be of great interest to those South of the border, with London Scottish Academy player and Millfield leaver Alec Coombes selected on the left wing and Northampton Saints academy prospect Rory Hutchinson starting at fly half.

Also included on the bench is the former Oakham School captain, Ruaraidh Smith, now plying his trade at Currie in Scotland. He will cover the back three positions.

Mirroring the optimism surrounding the full National side at the moment, Head Coach Sean Lineen spoke of his aims to win games, saying:

“We’re moulding into a very good team and there’s some players here we’re really excited about. Our job now is to continue to develop and excite them, and get them winning games – there’s nothing more exciting than winning games.”

France U20 v Scotland U20, Saturday, 19.55 (GMT)

Scotland U20 XV:

15. Ruairi Howarth (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala)

14. Harvey Elms (Currie)

13. Archie Russell (Stirling County)

12. Patrick Kelly (Le Parc)

11. Alec Coombes (London Scottish)

10. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)

9. George Horne (Glasgow Hawks)

1. Murray McCallum (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby)

2. Ross Graham (Hawick)

3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks)

4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks)

5. Lewis Carmichael (Melrose)

6. Lewis Wynne (Stirling County)

7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby)

8. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby/Boroughmuir)


16. Jake Kerr (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians)

17. Gary Robertson (Gala)

18. Dan Elkington (Watsonians)

19. Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose)

20. Matthew Smith (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County)

21. Andrew Manson (Stewart’s Melville FP)

22. Tom Galbraith (Melrose)

23. Ruaraidh Smith (Currie)

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