World Rugby U20 Championships: Scotland make changes ahead of vital 2nd round fixture

Scotland have named their side for their crucial World Rugby U20 Championship clash against Argentina on Sunday afternoon.


Both sides arrive at the game having lost their opener, Argentina going down after a plucky start against England, while Scotland lost to a heartbreaking score in the last play against Italy.


If the young Scots are to reach the main semi finals they will likely need a pair of bonus point wins in their remaining two games.


Head Coach Bryan Redpath has made 6 changes to his starting lineup for the 1pm (BST) kick off, which will be streamed live on


Both props are changed, with Leicester Tigers’ Sam Grahamslaw coming in at loosehead and Murphy Walker, still a pupil at Strathallan, coming in at tighthead. Finlay Scott remains at hooker.


Behind them another Exile, Marshall Sykes of St Joseph’s College, comes in to join Jamie Hodgson in the second row, while a third Exile, Guy Graham of Newcastle Falcons, comes in to the back row. He joins fellow Exile Devante Onojaife of Northampton Saints and Melrose’s Rory Darge in that back row.


The fourth Exile in the side is Gloucester’s Charlie Chapman, who keeps his place at scrum half, while Edinburgh’s Callum McLelland comes in at fly half. The centres remain the same, with Stafford McDowall keeping hold of the captaincy inside of outside centre Cameron Hutchinson.


Former Leicester Tigers wing Sam Yawayawa, now at Glasgow Hawks, comes in on the left wing, with Logan Trotter and Paddy Dewhirst keeping their places to complete the back three.


Commenting ahead of the game, Redpath said:


“We were obviously disappointed with how the match against Italy ended. I thought we were outstanding for 90 per cent of the match, but there were three instances where we didn’t manage to get it right in the final five minutes and we learned that you pay a heavy price for things like that at this level.”


“I can’t question their work-ethic and desire. We led that game for 75 minutes. We were the better team overall, but we didn’t get out of the game what we put into it because of what we let happen in the last five minutes.”


“We’ve made a few changes to the starting XV to keep things fresh and we’re expecting a tough match from a well-drilled and physical Argentinian side. The squad have looked sharp in training and we’re looking to forward to having the opportunity to bounce back.”


Scotland U20 v Argentina U20: Sunday, 1pm (BST), Perpignan – Live on


Scotland U20 XV:

15 Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)

14 Logan Trotter (Stirling County)

13 Cameron Hutchison (Currie Chieftains)

12 Stafford McDowall (Ayr, captain)

11 Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)

10 Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby)

9 Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)

1 Sam Grahamslaw (Leicester Tigers)

2 Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest)

3 Murphy Walker (Strathallan School)

4 Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)

5 Marshall Sykes (St Joseph’s College)

6 Guy Graham (Newcastle Falcons)

7 Rory Darge (Melrose)

8 Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)

Replacements; 16 Robbie Smith (Ayr), 17 Ross Dunbar (Boroughmuir), 18 Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies), 19 Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), 20 Martin Hughes (Heriot’s), 21 Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais), 22 Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks), 23 Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints).


World Rugby U20 Championship Round 1 Results:


Group A

New Zealand 67-0 Japan

Wales 26-21 Australia


Group B

England 39-18 Argentina

Italy 27-26 Scotland


Group C

France 26-24 Ireland

South Africa 33-27 Georgia


Group Standings:


Group A
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 5
2 Wales 1 0 0 0 4
3 Australia 0 0 1 1 1
4 Japan 0 0 1 0 0


Group B
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 England 1 0 0 1 5
2 Italy 1 0 0 1 5
3 Scotland 0 0 1 1 1
4 Argentina 0 0 1 0 0


Group C
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 South Africa 1 0 0 1 5
2 France 1 0 0 1 5
3 Ireland 0 0 1 1 1
4 Georgia 0 0 1 1 1


World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures (All times BST):


Group A

Sunday 3rd June:

Australia v Japan, 1pm, Narbonne

New Zealand v Wales, 3.30pm, Beziers

Thursday 7th June:

Wales v Japan, 5.30pm, Perpignan

New Zealand v Australia, 8pm, Perpignan


Group B

Sunday 3rd June:

Scotland v Argentina, 1pm, Perpignan

England v Italy, 3.30pm, Perpignan

Thursday 7th June:

Italy v Argentina, 5.30pm, Beziers

England v Scotland, 8pm, Beziers


Group C

Sunday 3rd June:

France v Georgia, 1pm, Beziers

South Africa v Ireland, 3.30pm, Narbonne

Thursday 7th June:

Ireland v Georgia, 5.30pm, Narbonne

South Africa v France, 8pm, Narbonne


Semi Finals – Tuesday 12th June


Finals – Sunday 17th June

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