Scotland U20 Head Coach Carl Hogg today named his squad for the forthcoming U20 Six Nations Championship (1 February – 15 March). The 32-man squad consists of 17 forwards and 15 backs, with 23 of the selected players set to make their debut at U20 level.
Prop Andrew Nimmo (Glasgow Hawks), hooker Angus Fraser (Glasgow Hawks), lock Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), back-row Jack Mann (Edinburgh Accies), scrum-half Roan Frostwick (Currie Chieftains), centres Andrew Jardine (Melrose), Grant Hughes (Stirling County) and Ollie Smith (Ayr), as well as wingers Jack Blain (Heriot’s) and Rufus McLean (Watsonians) are all named in a Scotland U20 squad for the first time ahead of next weekend’s Six Nations opener against Italy at Netherdale (Friday 1 February, kick-off 7.30pm).
Props Murphy Walker (Stirling County) and Euan McLaren (Ayr), hooker Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest), lock Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), back-row Connor Boyle (Watsonians), stand-off Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks) and wing Rory McMichael (Heriot’s) – all of whom are supported by the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy – are also selected after featuring in last year’s squad.
Joining the squad are a number of players who are eligible through the Scottish Qualified (SQ) programme.
Prop Will Hurd (Cardiff Metropolitan University), hooker Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), back-row pairing Teddy Leatherbarrow (Sale) and Cristen van Niekerk (Lions), and centre Cameron Anderson (Wasps) are all named in the 32-man squad.
Back-rowers Jack Hill (Durham University) and Ross Bundy (Stirling County), scrum-half duo Kyle McGhie (Musselburgh) and Murray Scott (Watsonians), stand-off Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol Bears), centre Robbie McCallum (Complutense Cisneros), wing Jacob Lineen (Durham University) and fullback Matt Davidson (London Scottish) are also selected having previously represented Scotland at age-grade levels.
Scotland U20 Head Coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We’ve chosen a well-rounded squad with talented players across the board.
“There are plenty of young, exciting players stepping up to U20 level for the first time in their careers and we hope that they can make a positive impact on the upcoming Six Nations Championship.
“We’ve prepared well and the focus is fully on facing Italy next week. There’s still work to be done but we’ve got every confidence in this year’s squad.”