Regional fixtures announced for talented youngsters

The next stage of Scottish Rugby’s National Pathway Programme begins this week when regional fixtures take place on Wednesday (February 26).

The matches are part of Scotland’s under-16 programme which leads to selection for the Scotland under-16 side.Grant McKelvey (right) watches Scotland under-18s v England under-18s

 The opening event is to take place on the artificial pitch at Murrayfield and provides the first opportunity for young players to play regional rugby against their counterparts from all over the country.

Senior Regional Academy Manager, Grant McKelvey, said: “We hope that the under-16 regional fixtures will be supported as well as the recent under-18 games and the quality of play will reflect the work that the players and their coaches have put in over the talent ID and preparation programmes in each of the regions throughout the season.

The quality and intensity of previous season’s under-16 regional fixtures has been excellent with the players taking the opportunity to represent their regions for the first time very seriously and I wish all the squads along with the coaches all the best for the next two weeks of under-16 regional rugby.”

Teams for the four regional sides (Caledonia, Edinburgh, Borders and Glasgow) will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday). Following the games, the national under-16 trial will take place on Sunday 16 March, which will include players from the Scottish Exiles.

Then the international under-16 preparation camp takes place between 23 March and 6 April looking towards the Wellington International Festival where the Scotland under-16 squad will play three fixtures between April 12 and 19.

Wednesday 26 February

Caledonia v Glasgow, Murrayfield, 6pm

Edinburgh v Borders, Murrayfield, 7.30pm

Wednesday 5 March

Caledonia v Edinburgh or Borders, Murrayfield, 6pm

Glasgow v Edinburgh or Borders, Murrayfield, 7.30pm