Scotland have made two changes to their U20 side ahead of their clash against France on Friday evening.
Scotland lost to Ireland by just a single point last weekend, a late Irish try breaking Scottish hearts. However there is clearly plenty of promise in the side and they will travel to Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes for Friday’s 8pm (GMT) kick off full of hope.
Ayr’s Stafford McDowall comes in at full back for Ross McCann, who drops to the bench, while Glasgow Hawks’ Bruce Flockhart comes in for one of Scotland’s brightest prospects, Matt Fagerson, who has a concussion.
The side one again has a number of players based south of the border, Worcester Warriors’ Tom Dodd starts at number 8, with Gloucester’s Alex Craig in the second row and Bishop Burton College’s George Thornton at loosehead. Harlequins’ Robbie Nairn starts on the wing again, while Wasps fly half Connor Eastgate has been promoted to the bench.
Speaking to Scotland Rugby ahead of the game, U20 Head Coach Sean Lineen said:
“We have named a settled side for this week’s match, with players meriting re-selection following their respective performances against Ireland. We’ve taken a lot of positives from last week’s game and built on them in our preparations for what is another huge match against France.”
“It’s always a tough task going away to France, and this game will be no different. They’ll be hurting from their defeat to England, and will be hoping to bounce back in front of their home crowd. We’re expecting a tough battle up-front, and we know first and foremost that we’ll have to match them physically if we are to come away with a result.”
France U20 v Scotland U20 – Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, Friday, 8pm kick off
Scotland U20 XV
15 Stafford McDowall (Ayr), 14 Robbie Nairn (Harlequins), 13 Craig Pringle (Stirling County), 12 Cameron Hutchison (Currie), 11 Darcy Graham (Hawick), 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 (Stirling County, captain), 6 Bruce Flockhart (Glasgow Hawks), 7 Luke Crosbie (Currie), 8 Tom Dodd (Worcester Warriors).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Smith (Ayr), 17 Daniel Winning (Boroughmuir), 18 Fergus Bradbury (Stirling County), 19 Hamish Bain (Currie), 20 Jamie Ure (Boroughmuir), 21 Charlie Shiel (Currie), 22 Connor Eastgate (Wasps), 23 Ross McCann (Melrose).