Wright Picks Right Squad For Championship

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: “It’s the right squad for this competition because we’ve brought together big players with lots of skill and pace. That’s what we need. We learned a lot from our game against Italy (19-13 loss) at the Greenyards last month and we’ve been working hard on the areas we targeted for development.”

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: “We’ll take each match as it comes because with the quality of players at our disposal we’ll be able to vary the type of game from close and tight to wide and loose. We’re in the top division with the best in the world so there are no easy games for anyone.

“France 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 I’m not overly concerned about that,” he added.

Scotland U19 draw

Scotland v France – 5 April, Belfast Harlequins’ ground, Belfast, 7.30pm
Scotland v Ireland – 9 April, Ravenhill, Belfast, 7.30pm
Scotland v Fiji – 13 April, Shaw’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 Mary’s Twickenham), Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale), Jonny Smart (Dunfermline)

* = National Academy player

Visit www.irbu19.com for further information on the tournament.