Wright Makes One Change For U19S

has made just one change from the side that narrowly lost 11-6 to France in the opening game of the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast as his side prepares to face hosts Ireland at Ravenhill tomorrow (Monday 9 April, kick-off 7.30pm). Wright has opted for continuity in his side but brings Stewart’s Melville FP’s Murray Allan in at full back. Scotland Under-19 coach Peter Wright has made just one change from the side that narrowly lost 11-6 to France in the opening game of the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast as his side prepares to face hosts Ireland at Ravenhill tomorrow (Monday 9 April, kick-off 7.30pm).

Wright has opted for continuity in his side but brings Stewart’s Melville FP’s Murray Allan in at full back in place of Harry Duthie for this match. Wright said: “Murray has a good boot on him and bringing him in will give us options for this game because we know kicking will play its part in the match. It’s good to have continuity at this stage but I’d like to give Murray an opportunity.”

On the opposition, who lost 15-10 to Australia in their opening game, Wright said: “Ireland are a direct, physical side and they’ll have a strong home advantage for this match. We watched their game against Australia so we know how they’ll play and we have to compete with that by exploiting their weaknesses.”

Wright is pleased with how his young squad are settling in to the tournament. He said: “They’re really getting into it. The squad realise just how important this tournament is and how lucky they are to be involved. They have earned the opportunity and they know it’s pretty special. They’re a good bunch of guys to work with and this is a fantastic event.”

The match against Ireland is being covered by host broadcaster BBC Northern Ireland and will be shown live on digital television channel 992.

IRB Under 19 World Championship rules permit teams to bench all 11 remaining squad members and make up to seven substitutions during the match.

SCOTLAND UNDER-19 TEAM TO PLAY IRELAND

15 Murray Allan (Stewart's Melville FP)

14 Lee Jones (Selkirk)
13 Chris Kinloch (Fettes College/Edinburgh Academicals and ESIS)*
12 Stephen McColl (Dunfermline and TFIS)*
11 Tom Bury (Edinburgh Academicals)

10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors, Cartha Queens Park and WSIS)*
9 Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale)

1 Gary Strain (Dalziel)
2 Adrian Duncan (Stewart's Melville FP)
3 Joe Stafford (Glasgow Warriors, Hillhead/Jordanhill and WSIS)*
4 Neale Patrick (Dunfermline)
5 Josh Brown (Bristol/Filton College)
6 Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh Rugby, Dunfermline and TFIS)* CAPTAIN
7 Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and CIS)*
8 Alexandre Wukovits (Bègles Bordeaux)

Substitutes from:

FORWARDS: Steven Burton (Currie), Craig Charters (Hawick), Angus Dixon (Aberdeen GSFP), Ralph McInally (Perthshire), Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals/Trinity Academicals), Craig Simmonds (Dalziel)

BACKS: Ruairidh Bonner (Edinburgh Academicals), Harry Duthie (Harrogate), James Murray (Edinburgh Academicals), Matthew Heeks (London Scottish and St Mary’s Twickenham), Jonny Smart (Dunfermline),

* = National Academy player

ESIS – East of Scotland Institute of Sport
TFIS – Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport
WSIS – West of Scotland Institute of Sport
CIS – Central Institute of Sport