Two weeks today Scotland under-20 will begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign in Plymouth against England (Friday 1 February), but before that they will meet once more to fine-tune their plan-of-attack.
Head coach Sean Lineen has called-in 30 players for the team’s final camp, which will run from Monday (21 January) until Thursday (24 January) next week and will include training matches against Edinburgh University and the Scotland Club International squad.
Lineen said: “This is pretty much the 6 Nations squad now, we have an outstanding bunch of players and the camp will be geared towards playing England in Plymouth.
“We know England will be a real challenge, but there is a lot of competition for places in this side, so we will make sure everyone understands what is needed and work on the toughness we can bring to our matches. “Therefore, next week will be an intense camp with hit-outs against Edinburgh University and the Club International side.
“I’ve been hugely impressed with the attitude of the players so far and next week we will not allow the weather to deter us.”
The Scotland under-20 squad for next week’s camp is as follows: BACKS: Tommy Allan (Western Province), *Chris Auld (Gala), Mark Bennett (Clermont Auvergne / Glasgow Warriors), Keith Buchan (Boroughmuir), Ben Cooper (Leeds Carnegie) Robbie Fergusson (Ayr), Alex Hagart (Aberdeen Grammar), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby / Heriot’s), Damian Hoyland (Boroughmuir), JJ Kilmartin (Bath Rugby), Murdo McAndrew (Clermont Auvergne), Sam Pecquer (Edinburgh Accies), Alistair Price (Bedford Blues), Peter Stewart (University of Queensland) and Ruaridh Young (Edinburgh Accies). FORWARDS: *Russell Anderson (Gala), Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors / Stirling County), Christopher Barnes (Glasgow Hawks), *Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County), Calum Black (Edinburgh Accies), Will Bordill (Sale Sharks), Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby / Stewart’s-Melville FP), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors / Currie), Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir), Ruaridh Leishman (Stirling County), *James Malcolm (GHA), Shawn Muir (Hawick), *D’arcy Rae (Ayr / Whitecraigs), Adam Sinclair (Perpignan), Tommy Spinks (London Scottish) and Aaron Welsh (Edinburgh Accies)
*sportscotland institute supported players
England under-20 v Scotland under-20
Friday 1 February
Brickfields Recreation Ground (Plymouth)
Scotland under-20 v Italy under-20
Friday 8 February
Scotland under-20 v Ireland under-20
Friday 22 February
Scotland under-20 v Wales under-20
Friday 8 March
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium (Inverness)
France under-20 v Scotland under-20
Sunday 17 March
Stade Amédée Domenech (Brive)