Scotland have named their side for their opening game of the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championships.
The young Scots, so impressive in this year’s U20 RBS 6 Nations, face Australia at the AJ Bell Stadium at 17.30 tomorrow.
Head Coach John Dalziel has included nine players in his starting fifteen who were a part of last year’s U20 squad, who secured Scotland’s best ever World Rugby U20 Championship finish, with a further three on the bench.
Also on the bench are two uncapped players, Currie’s Cameron Gray, and Gloucester lock Alex Craig, who has featured for his club at both U18 and A League level this year, and impressed for Scotland U19 earlier in the season.
Craig is one of a number of Exiles in the squad, including star fly half Adam Hastings, a product of the superb Millfield 1st XV. Outside Hastings is Rory Hutchinson at outside centre, who is part of the Northampton Saints Academy.
Also in the starting fifteen is lock Andrew Davidson, who has recently moved to Newcastle Falcons, he partners captain Scott Cummings, who is already on a permanent contact with Pro 12 side Glasgow Warriors.
As is tighthead prop Zander Fagerson, who has also been capped by Scotland at senior level when he came off the bench in the Six Nations. The Glasgow pair are joined by two Edinburgh regulars, Jamie Ritchie at number 8 and Blair Kinghorn at full back.
Speaking at the announcement, Dalziel said:
“We’ve gone for an experienced team, which we feel has the right blend to execute our game plan, as well as dealing with the threats Australia will pose. The squad have had a great build-up with the recent camp in Front Romeu, and they’re a tight group, who are now ready to get onto the field and represent their country.”
“Australia come into the Championship in very good form after their recent good performances against New Zealand. We’ve had a good look at their team and style of play, and we feel we have the ability to compete in all areas of the game.”
Scotland U20 v Australia U20 – AJ Bell Stadium, Tomorrow, 17.30 Kick Off
Scotland U20 XV
15 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)
14 Darcy Graham (Hawick)
13 Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
12 Tom Galbraith (Melrose)
11 Ben Robbins (Currie)
10 Adam Hastings (Bath)
9 Hugh Fraser (Heriot’s)
1 Murray McCallum (Heriot’s)
2 Jake Kerr (Boroughmuir)
3 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)
4 Andrew Davidson (Newcastle Falcons)
5 Scott Cummings (captain, Glasgow Warriors)
6 Lewis Wynne (Stirling County)
7 Matt Smith (Glasgow Hawks)
8 Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh)
16 Lewis Anderson (Ayr)
17 Dan Elkington (Melrose)
18 Callum Sheldon (Leeds Beckett)
19 Alex Craig (Gloucester)
20 Ally Miller (Melrose)
21 Charlie Shiel (Currie)
22 George Taylor (Melrose)
23 Cameron Gray (Currie)