Scotland have named their side to take on France on Friday night in their fourth round U20 Six Nations encounter.
Kicking off at 8pm at Gala’s Netherdale, the game will be streamed live on Scottish Rugby TV as the young Scots look to back up their first victory of the campaign last time out, a thriller 30-29 victory over Italy. France, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from their first defeat on the campaign after Wales beat them 14-11 last time out.
Following that victory last time out, Scotland U20 Head Coach Sean Lineen has made just the one change as Watsonians scrum half Roan Frostwick gets the nod, Boroughmuir Bears’ Kyle McGhie moving to the bench.
Frostwick is partnered by Bristol Bears’ Nathan Chamberlain at outside half, with Robbie McCallum and Matthew Currie in the centres, Jacob Henry and Rufus McLean patrol the wings, and Ollie Smith is again at full back.
They are captain once again by number 8 Rory Darge, with Gregor Brown and Connor Boyle either side of him, Kieran Watt and Cameron Henderson are again in the second row. Meanwhile the front row again sees Mak Wilson of Southern Knights accompanied by two Scottish Exiles, Sydney University loosehead Thomas Lambert and Sale Sharks hooker Ewan Ashman.
Joining McGhie on the bench is his Boroughmuir half back partner Cameron Scott, with Harry Paterson the other backs replacements. Up front Rory Jacson, Alex Maxwell, and George Breese cover the front row and Jamie Campbell and Durham University’s Jack Hill the back five.
Speaking to www.scottishrugby.org ahead of the game, Sean Lineen said:
“France pose a huge physical challenge for us and will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Wales. Both teams are looking to get their second win of the tournament so it’s sure to be a massive test. We’re looking forward to playing at home again and will be looking for the crowd to get behind the boys.”
Scotland U20 XV v France – Netherdale, Galashiels, Friday, 8pm, (Live on Scottish Rugby TV)
15 Ollie Smith (Ayrshire Bulls), 14 Rufus McLean (Boroughmuir Bears), 13 Matthew Currie (Watsonians), 12 Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears), 11 Jacob Henry (Southern Knights), 10 Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol Bears), 9 Roan Frostwick (Watsonians), 1 Thomas Lambert (Sydney University), 2 Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), 3 Mak Wilson (Southern Knights), 4 Kieran Watt (Watsonians), 5 Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), 6 Gregor Brown (Boroughmuir Bears), 7 Connor Boyle (Watsonians), 8 Rory Darge (Southern Knights, captain).
Replacements: 16 Rory Jackson (Watsonians), 17 Alex Maxwell (Stourbridge), 18 George Breese (Stirling County), 19 Jamie Campbell (Biggar), 20 Jack Hill (Durham University), 21 Kyle McGhie (Boroughmuir Bears), 22 Cameron Scott (Boroughmuir Bears), 23 Harry Paterson (Heriot’s).
France 24-29 England
Ireland 38-26 Scotland
Wales 7-17 Italy
France 31-19 Italy
Ireland 36-22 Wales
Scotland 17-21 England
England 21-39 Ireland
Italy 29-30 Scotland
Wales 14-11 France