Squad Freshened Up For Usa Challenge

Colin Robertson has freshened up his starting line-up for Scotland's final Pool match in the IRB Junior World Championship against the USA in Wrexham on Saturday (14 June, kick off 3pm).Colin Robertson has freshened up his starting line-up for Scotland's final Pool match in the IRB Junior World Championship against the USA in Wrexham on Saturday (14 June, kick off 3pm).

Several new players have been named in the side after the previous match against South Africa, including David Morton and Josh Brown.

Prop Morton, 19, and lock Brown, who featured during the under-20 6 Nations, joined up with the squad after second rower Richie Gray and front rower Angus Dixon were withdrawn from the tournament as a result of injury.

But Robertson believes the pair will fit seamlessly into the pack and that Scotland's under-20 team can finish strongly against a USA side that only narrowly lost to Samoa.

Robertson said: "David is a good scrummager; he has shown that throughout the age group programme. He has fitted in pretty well and he has a good couple of sessions already.

_x001C_It is a big test for David, but he is a resilient character and he'll look forward to the first few scrums against a big American side.

_x001C_We are pleased that Josh is back. Obviously we are all gutted for Richie (Gray) after he suffered a broken jaw.

_x001C_That was a devastating blow for him and for the squad, but in many ways we are lucky that Josh has come in because he knows the line-out moves and we couldn't ask for a better replacement."

Stand-off Ruaridh Jackson regains the captaincy for the match and re-forms a half-back combination with Peter Jericevich while Scotland under-20 Player of the Year, Stevie McColl returns to the midfield.

And Robertson highlighted the importance of McColl to the team and urged the Dunfermline player to seize control of the game.

He added: _x001C_I think Stevie has got a big part to play. He is fresh after having not played against South Africa and he is raring to go.

_x001C_The Americans have got a big midfield, so there will be a few physical challenges. But it is a big chance for him to show what he can do._x001D_

Following the heavy defeat suffered at the hands of South Africa, Robertson says his players have put that result behind them and are now completely focused on taking care of business against the USA.

He said: _x001C_We haven't dwelled too much on the game because in this environment you've just got to get on with it and move on to the next job. That is the nature of the World Cup._x001D_


Scotland under-20 squad (team sponsor Martin Currie) for the IRB Junior World Championship match against USA at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (14 June 2008, kick off 3pm).

15 Peter Horne (Howe of Fife)
14 Lee Jones (Selkirk)
13 Paul Loudon (Durham University)
12 Stevie McColl (Dunfermline and National Academy)
11 Chris Kinloch (Edinburgh Academicals and National Academy)
10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Hawks and National Academy) CAPTAIN
9 Peter Jericevich (GHA and National Academy)

1 Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks and National Academy)
2 Adrian Duncan (Stewarts-Melville FP and National Academy)
3 David Morton (Bridgewater)
4 Fraser McKenzie (Heriot's and National Academy)
5 Josh Brown (Bristol)
6 Steven Burton (Currie)
8 Craig Simmonds (Heriot's)
7 Andrew Rose (Hartpury College)

Substitutes: Niall Shannon (Aberdeen Grammar FP), Gavin Cameron (Ellon and National Academy), Neale Patrick (Dunfermline), Lewis Calder (Newcastle Falcons), Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons), James Murray (Leeds Carnegie and Edinburgh Academicals), Murray Allan (Loughborough University)