World Rugby U20 Championships: Scotland ready for Georgia clash

Scotland have made two changes to the side that beat Ireland 45-29 on Tuesday for Sunday’s 9th place play-off against Georgia in the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championshops.


Boroughmuir’s Ross Dunbar comes in at loosehead for Leicester Tigers’ Sam Grahamslaw, who starts on the bench. Dunbar will be alongside the retained Robbie Smith and Finlay Richardson in the front row.


The second row is unchanged, with Jamie Hodgson and St Joseph’s College’s Marshall Sykes keeping their places after dominant performances against Ireland. There are two Exiles in the back row, Northampton Saints’ Devante Onojaife keeps his place at 8, while Newcastle Falcons’ Guy Graham comes in on the blindside. Rory Darge remains at openside.


The impressive Charlie Chapman of Gloucester starts at scrum half alongside Callum McLelland. Ayr’s Stafford McDowall again captains the side from inside centre, where he partners Cameron Hutchinson. Scotland’s impressive back three of Logan Trotter and Kyle Rowe on the wings and Paddy Dewhirst at full back remains unchanged.


Commenting on his selection ahead of the game, Scotland U20 Head Coach Bryan Redpath said:


“We were obviously delighted with how the squad performed against Ireland. We showed a lot of heart to battle back and ultimately ended the match as deserved winners. There are still a lot of areas where we need to be better, but I was really pleased with the way we attacked the Irish defence, while we competed really well at the breakdown.”


“The boys have again trained excellently as we prepare to face a really dangerous Georgia side, but we’ll look to carry our momentum into the clash and finish the tournament in as high a position as possible.”


Scotland U20 v Georgia U20: Sunday 17th June, 12.30pm (BST), Beziers – 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 Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)

10 Callum McLelland (Edinburgh)

9 Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)

1 Ross Dunbar (Boroughmuir)

2 Robbie Smith (Ayr)

3 Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)

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 Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest), 17 Sam Grahamslaw (Leicester Tigers), 18 Murphy Walker (Strathallan School), 19 Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), 20 James Miller (Watsonians), 21 Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais), 22 Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks), 23 Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints).


2018 World Rugby U20 Championship Finals Day Fixtures (All times BST), Sunday 17th June:


Ireland v Japan – 11th Place Play Off – 10am, Beziers

Scotland v Georgia – 9th Place Play Off – 12.30pm, Beziers

Argentina v Australia – 5th Place Play Off – 1pm, Beziers

Wales v Italy – 7th Place Play Off – 3pm, Beziers

South Africa v New Zealand – 3rd Place Play Off – 3.30pm, Beziers

England v France – Final – 6pm, Beziers


World Rugby U20 Championship Results:


Semi Finals – Tuesday 12th June



New Zealand 7-16 France

England 32-31 South Africa



Wales 15-39 Argentina

Italy 15-44 Australia



Ireland 29-45 Scotland

Georgia 24-22 Japan


Round 3:


Group A

Wales 18-17 Japan

New Zealand 27-18 Australia


Group B

Italy 30-26 Argentina

England 35-10 Scotland


Group C

Ireland 20-24 Georgia

South Africa 29-46 France


Round 2:


Group A

Australia 54-19 Japan

New Zealand 42-10 Wales


Group B

Argentina 29-13 Scotland

England 43-5 Italy


Group C

France 24-12 Georgia

South Africa 30-17 Ireland


Round 1:


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 3 0 0 2 14
2 Wales 2 0 1 0 8
3 Australia 1 0 2 2 6
4 Japan 0 0 3 1 1


Group B
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 England 3 0 0 3 15
2 Italy 2 0 1 2 10
3 Argentina 1 0 2 3 7
4 Scotland 0 0 3 1 1


Group C
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 France 3 0 0 2 14
2 South Africa 2 0 1 3 11
3 Georgia 1 0 2 1 5
4 Ireland 0 0 3 2 2
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