20S To Recall Taste Of Victory

Scotland under-20 coach Eamon John wants his young team to use the experience of the side’s historic home victory over Wales to drive them to victory against Italy tomorrow at Dens Park (Friday 27 February, kick-off 7.30pm).

John has made just one change to the side that played France with Stirling County’s Steven Wilson coming in at inside-centre as a straight replacement for the injured Robbie Johnston (Leeds University and Leeds Carnegie).

 Glagsow Hawks' Nick Campbell drives forward against the Welsh

 

Scotland under-20 coach Eamon John wants his young team to use the experience of the side’s historic home victory over Wales to drive them to victory against Italy tomorrow at Dens Park (Friday 27 February, kick-off 7.30pm).

John has made just one change to the side that played France with Stirling County’s Steven Wilson coming in at inside-centre as a straight replacement for the injured Robbie Johnston (Leeds University and Leeds Carnegie).

Despite going down 30-3 to France in Chalon sur Saone, John believes the combination of the Wales win and a vocal home support can inspire the team towards a second win in the 6 Nations.

Scotland celebrate the historic victory over Wales at McDiarmid Park

He said: “They know how to perform properly and they know how to win at home and hopefully that experience will help drive the team forward.

 “We have to please the home crowd, we need to play in a way that engages the crowd so that they get behind us – and that’s exactly what we are going to try to do.

“I think it will be a very tough and physical confrontation. We need composure and accuracy and have to make sure we play quickly behind the scrum.

“The quality of under-foot conditions at Dens Park will suit our game well. It’s a fast pitch and one which should help the way we like to play the game.”

Scotland under-20 team to face Italy at Dens Park, Dundee on Friday 27 February (kick-off 7.30pm)

15 Peter Horne* (West of Scotland)
 
14 Paul Loudon (Durham University and Edinburgh Academicals) CAPTAIN
13 Ashleah McCulloch+ (Aberdeen Grammar)
12 Steven Wilson (Stirling County)*
11 Grant Anderson* (Ayr)
10 Andrew White+ (Glasgow Hawks)
9 Henry Pyrgos (Loughborough University)

1 Gavin Cameron+ (Stirling County)
2 Finlay Gilles (Heriot’s)
3 David Morton (Bridgwater)
4 Nick Campbell+ (Glasgow Hawks)
5 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
6 Struan Dewar+ (Heriot’s)
8 Stuart McInally* (Watsonians)
7 Chris Fusaro* (Heriot’s)

Substitutes
16 Ryan McConnell + (Peebles)
17 Douglas Orr+ (Haddington)
18 James Taylor (Loughborough University and Dundee HSFP)
19 Tom Drennan+ (Edinburgh Academicals)
20 Peter Jericevich* (Glasgow Hawks)
21 Robbie McGowan (Stirling County)
22 Adam McKenzie (Northumbria University)

* = denotes National Academy
+ = denotes National Academy supported by Area Institute of Sport


Admission is free to all Scotland’s age-grade, A, and Women’s 6 Nations home matches. No tickets or vouchers are required

Match day information: Scotland under-20 v Italy, Dens Park, Dundee (kick-off, 7.30pm)
• A very affordable hospitality package for supporters is available from 6pm in the Andy Penman Lounge in the Main Stand. For a £2 entry fee customers will be provided with access to this well appointed sports bar themed lounge with a hot/cold buffet and pay bar available. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Parking is available on street and I would ask all supporters to observe any restrictions in place particularly in Sandeman Street where No Parking cones will be in use.

Scotland under-20 6 Nations fixtures:
Friday 27 February - Scotland under-20 v Italy under-20, Dens Park, Dundee (kick-off, 7.30pm)
Friday 13 March - Scotland under-20 v Ireland under-20, McDiarmid Park, Perth (kick-off, 7.30pm)
Friday 20 March - England under-20 v Scotland under-20, Sixways Stadium, Worcester (kick-off 8pm)