Scotland under-20 prop, Robin Hislop, has been involved with Scotland age-groups from under-17 right up to under-20 but he has never before captained his side.
So, tonight at Firhill (kick-off 7.30pm) when the Scots run out to face their biggest opponents, England under-20, ‘Bomber’ as known to his team-mates will for the first time lead the charge.
He said: “Captaining my country is going to be a really proud thing for me, it’s a massive honour and new challenge.
“We have a good group of players to take on England and preparations have gone well, so we will look to counter anything they throw at us and take our motivation from playing in front of a home crowd.”
The match at Firhill tonight is FREE for all spectators to attend and live updates will be available on our Twitter feed @scotlandteam.
Also for the first time the match will be broadcasted live on www.scottishrugby.org. Alongside match commentary and the expansive five-camera feed from the current home of Glasgow Warriors, there will post-match interviews following the eagerly anticipated head-to-head.
Hislop continued: “Firhill is a great ground to play at; the Glasgow fans always make it a very intimidating place for their opponents to come to, so we hope all the supporters tonight can create a similar atmosphere.
“We’re just really looking forward to the match now and hoping to get our RBS 6 Nations campaign off to a flying start.”
The Scotland under-20 team to play England under-20 tonight at Firhill Stadium at 7.30pm is as follows: 15 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scotland 7s / Heriot’s); 14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Rugby / Edinburgh Accies), 13 Michael Crawley (Ayr), 12 Tomasso Allan (Western Province), 11 Tom Steven (Boroughmuir); 10 Harry Leonard (Edinburgh Rugby), 9 Scott Steele (Leicester Tigers); 1 Robin Hislop (Edinburgh Rugby / Boroughmuir) (captain), 2 Fergus Scott (Currie), 3 Alex Allan (Loughborough Students), 4 Jonny Gray (Hamilton), 5 Adam Sinclair (Stirling County), 6 Mitch Eadie (Bristol Rugby), 7 Will Bordill (Sale Sharks), 8 Jamie Swanson (Boroughmuir)
Replacements: 16 George Turner (Edinburgh Rugby / Stewart’s Melville), 17 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County), 18 Andrew Redmayne (Dundee HSFP), 19 Callum Reid (Edinburgh Accies), 20 Struan Cessford (Heriot’s), 21 Murray McConnell (Glasgow Warriors / Ayr), 22 Finn Russell (Falkirk), 23 Tom Steven (Glasgow Hawks)
Scotland under-20 RBS 6 Nations fixtures:
Friday 3 February 2012 Firhill Stadium - Scotland under-20 v England under-20, 7.30pm
Friday 10 February 2012 Parc Eirias – Wales under-20 v Scotland under-20, Time TBC
Friday 24 February 2012 Netherdale - Scotland under-20 v France under-20, 7.30pm
Friday 9 March 2012 Dubarry Park – Ireland under-20 v Scotland under-20, 7.05pm
Friday 16 March Calvisano – Italy under-20 v Scotland under-20, 6pm