Scotland and Wales have named their sides for Friday night’s U20 Six Nations clash at Scotstoun.
Kicking off at 7.15pm, and live on BBC iPlayer and S4C, both sides are looking to bounce back from defeats in high scoring encounters against England and Ireland respectively last week.
Scotland Head Coach Kenny Murray has made four changes to the starting XV that went down 41-36 against England at the Twickenham Stoop last time out.
Watsonian’s Craig Davidson comes in at loosehead for the injured Max Surry of Cardiff Met University, while Glasgow Hawks’ Ruaraidh Hart comes in at lock, and Southern Knights’ Sam Derrick at number 8. The only newcomer in the backlines is Ediburgh’s Ben Evans, the Heriot’s man starts on the left wing.
Elsewhere it’s as you were, with Boroughmuir Bears pair Duncan Munn and Liam McConnell sharing the captaincy, Munn, the Glasgow Warrior, at outside centre, McConnell, the Edinburgh man, at blindside. McConnell is joined in the back row by Derrick, and his Edinburgh colleague Rudi Brown.
Elsewhere in the pack Hart is joined in the second row by Ealing Trailfinders’ Jake Parkinson, while alongside Davidson in the front row are Glasgow Warriors’ Callum Norrie, the Stirling Wolves man is at tighthead, with Boroughmuir Bears’ Corey Tait at hooker.
In the backs, Glasgow Hawks’ Kerr Yule is again alongside Munn in the centres, with Caldy RFC’s William Robinson on the right wing, Evans on the left, and Heriot’s Dan King at full back. Ayshire Bulls pair Richie Simpson and Ben Afshar, also of Glasgow Warriors, are again in the half back positions.
On the bench Edinburgh’s Watsonian’s loosehead Robbie Deans comes in alongside Currie Chieftans back row Johnny Rutherford and Glasgow Warriors flyer Logan Jarvie of Stirling Wolves. Jerry Blyth-Lafferty, Moby Ogunlaja, Eddie Erskine, Finlay Burgess, and Geordie Gwynn retain their places.
Wales Head Coach Byron Hayward meanwhile also brings in four players to his starting XV, Dragons’ Oli Andrew comes in on the left wing, with Ospreys’ Ellis Fackrell at tighthead. The back row sees Ospreys’ Morgan Morse come in at openside, with Cardiff Rugby’s Mackenzie Martin at blindside, a move that sees captain Ryan Woodman of the Dragons move from the back row to the second row as a result of Harlequins’ Jonny Green’s unavailability.
Sale Shark’s Huw Davies completes the back row at 8, with Ospreys’ Liam Edwards in the second row, Dragons pair Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths and Sam Scarfe join Fackrell in the front row.
In the backline alongside Andrew in the back three are Ospreys’ Lilen Morgan and Cardiff’s Cameron Winnett, while in the centres it is again Dragons’ Harri Ackerman and Bath’s Louie Hennessey. The half backs remain Ospreys’ Dan Edwards and Scarlets’ Archie Hughes.
On the bench Ospreys’ Lewis Lloyd comes in, with Tom Pritchard and Luca Giannini moved from the starting XV, Freddie Chapman, Owain Evans, Harri Williams, Harrison James, and Tom Florence retain their places.
Speaking ahead of the game, Kenny Murray said: “I was impressed by the performance the players gave in the second half last week, but we still have a lot to improve on if we want a good result out of this weekend.”
“Wales are also coming off the back of loss, meaning that both teams will want to give everything they’ve got to walk away with a win. This week it’s all about being in it for the full 80 minutes and cutting out those errors that cost us against England.”
Hayward meanwhile said: “Scotland are obviously a very good side. We are under no illusions; it is going to be a very difficult challenge. There has been talk that they have not won a game for some time and that is going to have to change at some point, I just hope it isn’t against us.”
“They played with a lot of width [against England] and that is something we have got to fix in our defence because we were narrow at times last week and Scotland would have seen that. We simply can’t give them too many chances to play around us. Playing at home in front of 2,500 Welsh people gives you a big lift – it will be the other way round this week. Some of our boys experienced Test match level for the first time last week so this Friday is now a different kind of challenge for them.”
Scotland U20 v Wales U20 Teams:
15 Dan King (Heriot’s), 14 William Robinson (Caldy RFC), 13 Duncan Munn (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors, co-captain), 12 Kerr Yule (Glasgow Hawks), 11 Ben Evans (Heriot’s/Edinburgh), 10 Richie Simpson (Ayrshire Bulls), 9 Ben Afshar (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors), 1 Craig Davidson (Watsonian FC), 2 Corey Tait (Boroughmuir Bears), 3 Callum Norrie (Stirling Wolves/Glasgow Warriors), 4 Jake Parkinson (Brunel Uni/Ealing Trailfinders), 5 Ruaraidh Hart (Glasgow Hawks), 6 Liam McConnell (Boroughmuir Bears/Edinburgh, co-captain), 7 Rudi Brown (Southern Knights/Edinburgh), 8 Sam Derrick (Southern Knights).
Replacements: 16 Jerry Blyth-Lafferty (Boroughmuir Bears), 17 Robbie Deans (Watsonian FC/Edinburgh), 18 Moby Ogunlaja (Glasgow Hawks), 19 Eddie Erskine (Bath), 20 Johnny Rutherford (Currie Chieftains), 21 Finlay Burgess (Stirling Wolves/Glasgow Warriors), 22 Geordie Gwynn (Brunel Uni/Ealing Trailfinders), 23 Logan Jarvie (Stirling Wolves/Glasgow Warriors).
15 Cameron Winnett (Cardiff), 14 Llien Morgan (Ospreys), 13 Louie Hennessey (Bath), 12 Harri Ackerman (Dragons), 11 Oli Andrew (Dragons), 10 Dan Edwards (Ospreys), 09 Archie Hughes (Scarlets), 1 Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths (Dragons), 2 Sam Scarfe (Dragons), 3 Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys), 4 Liam Edwards (Ospreys), 5 Ryan Woodman (Dragons, captain), 6 Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff), 7 Morgan Morse (Ospreys), 8 Huw Davies (Sale Sharks).
Replacements: 16 Lewis Lloyd (Ospreys), 17 Freddie Chapman (Ospreys), 18 Tom Pritchard (Scarlets), 19 Owain Evans (RGC), 20 Luca Giannini (Scarlets), 21 Harri Williams (Scarlets), 22 Harrison James (Cardiff), 23 Tom Florence (Ospreys).
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