World Rugby U20 Championship: Scotland aim for best finish against Wales

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

Replacements:

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
PosTeamWDLBPPoints
1Ireland300113
2New Zealand201210
3Wales10237
4Georgia00311

 

World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool B Final Standings
PosTeamWDLBPPoints
1England300214
2Scotland20119
3Australia10237
4Italy00300

 

World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool C Final Standings
PosTeamWDLBPPoints
1Argentina300113
2South Africa201311
3France10226
4Japan00300
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