Young Scots Hangi-ing Tough Ahead of Tournament

In the build-up to their opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship, Scotland’s under-20 team have spent the week since their arrival acclimatising to the southern hemisphere, getting their bearings in Auckland and immersing themselves in New Zealand’s rich rugby culture.

 

Pic: The Edinburgh Accies contingent pause during the bike ride (Alex Glashan, Chris Dean, Ruairidh Young, Jamie Farndale, Phil Cringle and Sam Pecqueur)

Head coach Sean Lineen said: “A couple of the guys had a bit of jet lag but nothing too much. We arrived on Monday, did recovery sessions on Tuesday, including a bike ride round the bay, had a good swim and a couple of training sessions.

“We went to my old club, Bombay, for a hit-out, [pic below] and they put on a bit of a hangi [traditional Maori meal] for us – the players really enjoyed that.”

 

Today (Friday 30) the tournament was officially launched [below] at the Orakei Marae in Auckland, where the players of all 12 competing nations were joined by All Black legend and IRB Tournament Ambassador, Jonah Lomu, who passed on his words of wisdom (watch the video)

Lomu said: "For me it’s a great honour to be asked by the IRB to be an Ambassador for this Junior World Championship.

“I know what I have to do in terms of being out here and supporting the tournament but also I’m really looking forward to watching it, because the future of world rugby is here on our doorstep.”

“This is the time when you see rugby in its raw form and it’s great. These guys are here to impress, they’re still at the stage where they want to showcase their skills.”

“These guys here could be the new household names of World Rugby.”

Scotland’s team will be announced in the early hours of Sunday (1 June) morning, ahead of their first fixture the following day against South Africa (at QBE Stadium, Auckland, kick-off 3.35pm local, 4.35am UK)

Scotland under-20 squad for IRB Junior World Cup

Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Lewis Carmichael (Melrose) *
Ben Chalmers (Melrose)
Gabriel Carroll (Loughborough University)
Jack Cosgrove (Worcester Warriors)
Andrew Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar)
Philip Cringle (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Chris Dean (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s)
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks)
Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Cameron Fenton (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife) *
Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s)
Neil Herron (Glasgow Hawks/Scotland 7s)
Damien Hoyland (Melrose) *
Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
Blair Hutchison (Loughborough University/Melrose)
Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Sam James (London Wasps)
Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors) **
James Malcolm (Ayr) *
Gavin Parker (Exeter University)
Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies)
D'arcy Rae (Ayr/Glasgow Warriors) **
Jamie Ritchie (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife) *
Tommy Spinks (London Scottish) (captain)
Ben Vellacott (Hartpury/Gloucester)
Glen Young (Newcastle Falcons)
Ruairidh Young (Edinburgh Accies)

* member of Scottish Rugby's Regional Academy supported by sportscotland Institute of Sport

**Elite Development Player 2013/14

The IRB Junior World Cup 2014 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. Scotland's pool games are against South Africa (Monday 2 June, k/o 3.35pm local); Samoa (Friday 6 June, k/o 3.35pm local); and New Zealand (Tuesday 10 June, k/o 7.35pm local). Further fixtures on Sunday 15 June and Friday 20 June are dependent on results. Last year, Scotland finished in 10th place in the tournament.

Broadcast coverage

Scotland's game against New Zealand (Tuesday 10 June) will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 HD, with coverage starting at 8.30am (UK). Highlights of Scotland's other fixtures will be accessible approximately 12 hours after the end of each game. Due to broadcast rights issues, these matches will not be streamed live in the UK.