Trio of changes for World Cup clash

Head coach Sean Lineen has made three changes to the starting Scotland under-20 side for tomorrow’s Junior World Championship clash with Wales in Nantes (Sunday 9 June, KO 5pm local time).

The sides enjoyed differing fortunes in the opening round, with the Scots going down 44-13 to fourth-ranked Argentina while the Welshmen (seeded third) cruised past remaining pool opponents Samoa (42-3).

Added to recent form is the result the last time the two sides met, with Wales running out 42-17 winners in the 6 Nations clash in Inverness in March.

Lineen said: "It's going to be tough. Overall we had a strong and competitive 6 Nations but, if there was one team the players would love to play again, it's Wales.

"It's something they’ve been looking forward to for a while and they're out to make a point.

"Wales are a quality side. They're an excellent counter attacking team and have a very strong scrum. They're big lads too so we're going to have to make sure we play the game in the right areas."


Boroughmuir pair Damien Hoyland and Alex Henderson have been brought in for injured Edinburgh Accies full-back Ruaridh Young (leg) and London Scottish back-row Tommy Spinks, who has been selected on the bench.

The final change sees Ayr centre Robbie Fergusson [pictured] rekindle a midfield partnership with former teammate Mark Bennett.

Chris Auld and Jamie Kilmartin take the vacated places of Hoyland and Fergusson on the bench, while Lineen has refreshed the prop replacements with the selection of Callum Black and James Malcolm.

Scotland under-20 team to play Wales under-20 in round two of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship (Pool C) at the Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes, tomorrow (Sunday 9 June, kick-off 5pm local).

15 Damien Hoyland (Boroughmuir)

14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Rugby/Edinburgh Accies)
13 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)
12 Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County)
11 Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s/Stirling County)

10 Tommy Allan (Perpignan)
9 Scott Steele (Leicester Tigers)

1 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County) *
2 Russell Anderson (Gala) *
3 D’Arcy Rae (Ayr) *
4 Adam Sinclair (Perpignan)
5 Jonny Gray CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors/Currie)
6 Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir)
7 Will Bordill (Sale Sharks)
8 Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County)

Callum Black (Edinburgh Accies)
17 James Malcolm (GHA)
18 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby/Stewart’s Melville FP)
19 Eoghan Masterson (Leinster)
20 Tommy Spinks (London Scottish)
21 Ali Price (Bedford Blues)
22 Chris Auld (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala)
23 Jamie Kilmartin (Bath Rugby)

Scotland under-20 JWC fixture schedule:
Argentina under-20 (44-13) Scotland under-20
Scotland U20 v Wales U20, Sunday 9 June, Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes (KO 5pm local time)
Scotland U20 v Samoa U20, Thursday 13 June, Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes (KO 7pm local time)

Scotland’s two subsequent opponents will depend on how they fare in the above matches.