Robertson Urges Scotland To Rise To Challenge

Colin Robertson has urged his players to rise to the challenge on Tuesday night when Scotland's under-20 team face South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship in Wrexham (10 June, kick off 7pm).Colin Robertson has urged his players to rise to the challenge on Tuesday night when Scotland's under-20 team face South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship in Wrexham (10 June, kick off 7pm).

Despite narrowly losing their opening Pool match against Samoa on Friday night, head coach Robertson says the Scotland squad are in an upbeat mood ahead of the showdown with the much-fancied Springboks.

Robertson said: "South Africa are going to provide us with a massive challenge because they are right up there as one of the favourites to win the championship.

_x001C_They are an outstanding side; there is no doubt about that. However our guys are looking forward to the challenge and it is a great opportunity for them.

_x001C_It is not that often Scottish players get a chance to play against South Africa. From that point of view, the players view this game as being a milestone and they are excited about it.

_x001C_The players are all completely committed to going out there and giving it a real crack."

Only four players who featured in the starting line-up against Samoa have retained their places for the match against South Africa and Robertson says the big reshuffle is all part of Scotland's tournament strategy.

He added: _x001C_One of our aims was to play everybody over the first couple of games. That was our strategy for the tournament.

_x001C_After this match, all of our players will have had a considerable amount of game-time which enables us to look at our options for the third game against the USA._x001D_

Captain Lewis Calder returns to the starting line-up at openside flanker as part of a back row containing Steven Burton and Jonny Baird.

Robertson believes the Newcastle Falcons forward will lead the team by example and that there will be a fascinating back row battle on show against the Springboks.

He added: _x001C_Lewis is very experienced now in terms of leading the side and he is looking forward to leading the team against one of the top sides in the world.

_x001C_It is a great challenge for him and he is capable of doing the job very well. Jonny Baird is a very skilful player and it is a great opportunity for him.

_x001C_Steve Burton also played very well against Samoa, so this is an opportunity for that back-row to front up against a very physical challenge._x001D_

Scotland under-20 squad (team sponsor Martin Currie) for the IRB Junior World Championship match against South Africa at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (10 June 2008, kick off 7pm).

15 Murray Allan (Loughborough University)

14 Tom Bury (Boroughmuir and National Junior Academy)

13 Paul Loudon (Durham University)

12 Steven Wilson (Dundee HSFP)

11 Chris Kinloch (Edinburgh Academicals and National Senior Academy)

10 James Murray (Leeds Carnegie and Edinburgh Academicals)

9 Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons)



1 Angus Dixon (Aberdeen Grammar FP)

2 Niall Shannon (Aberdeen Grammar FP)

3 Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals)

4 Neale Patrick (Dunfermline)

5 Richie Gray (Stirling County and National Senior Academy)

6 Steven Burton (Currie)

8 Jonny Baird (Watsonians)

7 Lewis Calder (Newcastle Falcons) CAPTAIN



Substitutes: Adrian Duncan (Stewart's-Melville FP and National Senior Academy), Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks and National Junior Academy), Joe Stafford (Hillhead/Jordanhill and National Senior Academy), Craig Simmonds (Heriot's), Peter Jericevich (GHA and National Senior Academy), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Hawks and National Senior Academy), Peter Horne (Howe of Fife)