Dalziel looks to experience in Scotland under-20 selection

Head Coach John Dalziel has re-called 11 players with Scotland under-20 experience for the squad’s inaugural two-day camp of the season and his first in charge of the most senior age-grade side. 

Scott Cummings, who has featured for Glasgow Warriors this season, is among John Dalziel's 30-man squad

Dalziel, who has been promoted to Head Coach following a three-year spell in the assistant role, has named a 30-man squad consisting of 17 forwards and 13 backs, who enrolled in camp today (Tuesday 12 January).

Over half the squad are BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players, with 12 players operating at stage three level and a further five at stage two.

Dalziel said: “We’ve selected a strong group of players for the camp, enhanced by the large proportion of the squad who already have experience of this international age-grade stage.   

“The vast majority of the group have been exposed to a professional environment through involvement in the Academy, at the top-tier of the domestic game or at their respective exile clubs, which puts us in a good place. 

“As a coaching and management group, we’ve been looking at these players across the season and are now ready to start moulding the squad we’re looking to carry into the forthcoming Six Nations. 

“We’ve only got two days for our first camp and there’s a lot of work to be done. We are expecting the players to focus, and bring an energy and willingness to develop in the short space of time. This is a real chance for them to impress.”

Following the camp in early January, which will include a hit-out against an Edinburgh Rugby side, the squad will regroup a fortnight later to prepare for their first game of the Six Nations against England on Friday 5 February, at Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 8pm). 

They will then face Wales and Italy away, before retuning to Broadwood to host France, prior to concluding their campaign on the road to Ireland.

The team finished third in last year’s Six Nations competition and maintained a 100% record at home, defeating Wales (36-34), Italy (45-0) and Ireland (17-10), before achieving a highest-ever finish of eighth in the World Rugby under-20 Championship in June.

Scotland under-20 squad for Six Nations training camp on Tuesday 12-14 January at BT Murrayfield:

Forwards

Stephen Ainslie (Currie)
Lewis Anderson (Ayr)
Hamilton Burr (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby)
Sebastian Cecil (Nottingham University)
Ben Christie (Loughborough)
Luke Crosbie (Currie) *
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Hawks) **
Andrew Davidson (Glasgow Hawks) **
Matthew Emmison (Aberdeenshire)*
Bruce Flockhart (Glasgow Hawks) **
Callum Hunter-Hill (Stirling County) **
Murray McCallum (Heriot’s) **
Ally Miller (Melrose) **
Adam Nicol (Stirling County)
Gary Robertson (Gala) **
Callum Sheldon (University of Leeds)
Matt Smith (Glasgow Hawks) **

Backs

Reiss Cullen (Watsonians)
Hugh Fraser (Heriot’s) **
Tom Galbraith (Melrose) **
Darcy Graham (Hawick) *
Adam Hastings (Bath Rugby)
Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
Chris Lines (Boroughmuir)
Ross McCann (Stewart’s Melville) *
Matt McPhillips (Currie)
Robbie Nairn (Harlequins)
Ben Robbins (Currie) **
Charlie Shiel (Currie) *
George Taylor (Melrose) **

Unavailable for selection due to injury

Scott Burnside (Boroughmuir)*, Jake Kerr (Boroughmuir)**, Dan Elkington (Melrose), Alex Craig (Gloucester), Tom Gordon (Currie)*, Lewis Wynne (Stirling County)**, Ruairi Howarth (Gala)**

Unavailable for selection due to pro-team commitments

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 

*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 2 player 2015/16
** BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player 2015/16