Scotland have named their side for their final game of the World Rugby U20 Championships, the 7th place play-off against Wales at 16.30 tomorrow at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
Scotland performed well in their group, with a surprise victory over Australia, and a win over Italy, though they were hit hard by England. They bounced back on Monday, nearly repeating the feat against Australia in the 5th place semi finals, however they ultimately failed and face Wales in the game for 7th place.
Wales, in contrast, struggled in the group, picking up just one win, and even then only very narrowly over Georgia. They came close against New Zealand though, but then shipped over 70 points to them in the 5th place semi finals, so Scotland ought to be the side with greater confidence heading into this game.
Scotland do make a number of changes though, largely due to injury. Charlie Shiel comes in at scrum half, he is alongside Adam Hastings, who is at fly half. Matt McPhillips and Tom Galbraith are partners in the centre again, with Ruari Howarth replacing the injured Blair Kinghorn at full back. Robbie Nairn and Cammy Gray are on the wings.
Scott Cummings once again skippers the side from the second row alongside Callum Hunter-Hill, with Lewis Anderson at hooker, and George Thornton and Callum Sheldon either side of him in the front row.
The back row sees a bit of a shuffle too, Lewis Wynne starts at openside, with Ally Miller at 8 and Gloucester’s Alex Craig, one of the youngest in the squad, at blindside.
A win for Scotland would represent their best ever finish at the World Rugby U20 Championships, while even a loss would equal it.
World Rugby U20 Championship 7th Place Play-Off: Scotland v Wales – Saturday, 16.30, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Scotland U20 XV
15 Ruari Howarth
14 Robbie Nairn
13 Tom Galbraith
12 Matt McPhillips
11 Cammy Gray
10 Adam Hastings
9 Charlie Shiel
1 George Thornton
2 Lewis Anderson
3 Callum Sheldon
4 Callum Hunter-Hill
5 Scott Cummings (Captain)
6 Alex Craig
7 Lewis Wynne
8 Ally Miller
16 Fraser Renwick
17 Dan Elkington
18 Adam Nicol
19 Stephen Ainslie
20 Scott Burnside
21 Hugh Fraser
22 Lewis Berg
23 Ben Robbins
World Rugby U20 Championship Finals Day Fixtures:
Saturday 25th June
Final – Ireland v England – 19.00, AJ Bell Stadium
3rd Place Play-Off – Argentina v South Africa – 16.45, AJ Bell Stadium
5th Place Play-Off – New Zealand v Australia – 14.30, AJ Bell Stadium
7th Place Play-Off – Wales v Scotland– 16.30, Manchester City Academy Stadium
9th Place Play-Off – Georgia v France– 14.15, Manchester City Academy Stadium
11th Place Play-Off – Italy v Japan – 12.00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
|World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool A Final Standings|
|World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool B Final Standings|
|World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool C Final Standings|