Scotland Under-19 head coach Peter Wright today announced his squad for the forthcoming IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast, Ireland (4-21 April), saying he is very pleased with the players he has selected. Scotland Under-19 head coach Peter Wright today announced his squad for the forthcoming IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast, Ireland (4-21 April), saying he is very pleased with the players he has selected.
Wright said: â€œItâ€™s the right squad for this competition because weâ€™ve brought together big players with lots of skill and pace. Thatâ€™s what we need. We learned a lot from our game against Italy (19-13 loss) at the Greenyards last month and weâ€™ve been working hard on the areas we targeted for development.â€
Scotland have been drawn against France (5 April), Ireland (9 April) and Fiji (13 April) in the three Pool A matches before the knock-out stages commence for the top division (Pool A) on 17 April.
On the draw, Wright said: â€œWeâ€™ll take each match as it comes because with the quality of players at our disposal weâ€™ll be able to vary the type of game from close and tight to wide and loose. Weâ€™re in the top division with the best in the world so there are no easy games for anyone.
â€œFrance are always a quality side at this age-group and taking on the hosts (Ireland) brings its own challenges. Fiji are something of an unknown quantity for us but at this stage Iâ€™m not overly concerned about that,â€ he added. Scotland U19 draw
Scotland v France â€“ 5 April, Belfast Harlequinsâ€™ ground, Belfast, 7.30pm
Scotland v Ireland â€“ 9 April, Ravenhill, Belfast, 7.30pm
Scotland v Fiji â€“ 13 April, Shawâ€™s Bridge, Belfast, 5.30pm SCOTLAND UNDER-19 SQUAD
FORWARDS: Josh Brown (Bristol/Filton College), Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and Central Institute of Sport)*, Steven Burton (Currie), Craig Charters (Hawick), Angus Dixon (Aberdeen GSFP), Adrian Duncan (Stewart's Melville FP), Ralph McInally (Perthshire), Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh Rugby, Dunfermline and Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport)* CAPTAIN, Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals/Trinity Academicals), Neale Patrick (Dunfermline), Craig Simmonds (Dalziel), Joe Stafford (Glasgow Warriors, Hillhead/Jordanhill and West of Scotland Institute of Sport)*, Gary Strain (Dalziel), Alexandre Wukovits (Begles Bordeaux)
BACKS: Murray Allan (Stewart's Melville FP), Ruairidh Bonner, Tom Bury (both Edinburgh Academicals), Harry Duthie (Harrogate), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors, Cartha Queens Park and West of Scotland Institute of Sport)*, Lee Jones (Selkirk), Chris Kinloch (Fettes College/Edinburgh Academicals and East of Scotland Institute of Sport)*, Stephen McColl (Dunfermline, Caledonia and Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport)*, James Murray (Edinburgh Academicals), Matthew Heeks (London Scottish and St Maryâ€™s Twickenham), Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale), Jonny Smart (Dunfermline)
* = National Academy player
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