Lineen and Bradbury look ahead to World Rugby Under-20 Championship

Scotland under-20 today embarked on their journey to the World Rugby Under-20 Championships – formerly the Junior World Championship –  which, this year, will take place in northern Italy.

With the tournament being a seeded competition, the team will play five games – three in the pool with the last two ties determined by group results – from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 20 June.

In Pool C, Scotland will face New Zealand (Tuesday 2 June), Ireland (Saturday 6 June) and Argentina (Wednesday 10 June).

All Scotland under-20s pool games at theWorld Rugby Under-20 Championship, will be broadcast by BT Sport, in the UK. If you are hoping to watch tournament from outwith the UK, please click here for more information on global broadcasting. 

Head coach Sean Lineen, said: “We have a very focussed group this year who are determined and willing to learn.

“However, we know it’s going to be tough, and every single player needs to bring their A game and play to the best of their ability throughout all five matches.

“We were pleased with the Six Nations but we need to keep improving as expectations are raised for this competition.”

The team have been training regularly as a group since the close of the Six Nations tournament, in which they finished third, the side’s highest ever placing.

The team management also arranged for the players to attend an army camp at the base of 2 Scots, Glencourse barracks, for some team-building.

During their stay, the players experienced army fitness type training and took part in team-logic exercises.

“After a good Six Nations campaign, we got the boys back in training very quickly, as we needed to keep the momentum and get back up to speed as soon as possible,” continued Lineen.

“It’s been tough, believe me, but I think the boys have got a lot out of it.

“You need exercises like that [army camp] to bring them together as a unit and to make them work hard for each other.”

Back-row Magnus Bradbury, who featured for Scotland under-20 in last year’s Championship, is excited to be returning to the global stage and believes his team will relish the challenge.

Magnus Bradbury

He said: “It’s a totally different game in the World Championships, but we’re looking forward to going out there to show what we can do.

“It’s crucial that we bring the same focus and intensity we had in the Six Nations, and build on it.

“This group has a real sense of belief and a great amount of confidence in our ability; we’ve just got to make sure that we translate it on to the pitch.”

Prop Jack Owlett will travel with the squad  in place of his front-row colleague Gary Robertson, who picked up an injury in training.

Scotland under-20 squad to play in the World Rugby under-20 Championship, Tuesday 2 to Saturday 20 June, in Italy:

Forwards

Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby/Boroughmuir)
Lewis Carmichael (Melrose)*
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks)
Andrew Davidson (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks)
Dan Elkington (Watsonians)
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks)
Ross Graham (Hawick)
Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose)
Sam James (Wasps)
Ruaridh Knott (Melrose)
Murray McCallum (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby)
Ally Miller (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians)
Jack Owlett (Exeter University)
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby)
Callum Sheldon (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians)
Lewis Wynne (Stirling County)

Backs

Alec Coombes (London Scottish)
Tom Galbraith (Melrose)
Richard Galloway (University of Birmingham)
George Horne (Glasgow Hawks)
Ruairi Howarth (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala)
Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
Patrick Kelly (Le Parc)
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Academy/Edinburgh Academicals)*
Robbie Nairn (George Watson’s College/Currie)*
Archie Russell (Stirling County)
Ruaraidh Smith (Currie)
Ben Vellacott (Gloucester/Hartpury College)

*sportscotland institute of sport supported player 2014/15

Scotland under-20 World Rugby Under 20 Championship pool fixtures (all times GMT)

Tuesday 2 June: New Zealand v Scotland, Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma (kick-off 7.30pm)
Saturday 6 June: Ireland v Scotland, Stadio San Michele, Calvisano (kick-off 3.30pm)
Wednesday 10 June: Argentina v Scotland: Stadio San Michele, Calvisano (kick-off 3.30pm)