Cummings confident ahead of World Championship

Scotland under-20 captain, Scott Cummings, is relishing the challenge of leading his side ahead of the the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, which this year will be hosted in Manchester, England.

The lock, who recently signed a three-year deal with Glasgow Warriors, got his first taste of World Rugby’s flagship age-grade tournament in Italy last year, and is excited to see what this year’s competition has to offer.

Speaking ahead of the squad’s departure, he said: “It was quite a shock going to the World Championship last year, in terms of the media coverage and hype around the tournament.

“That was my first taste of playing in bigger stadiums and in front of bigger crowds, and playing against other teams – the likes of Australia and Argentina– who play a different style of rugby.

“It’s a chance to play different teams who you haven’t played before, and may not get the chance to play again.”

The tiered tournament will see each team play five games, no matter of their placing in the group stages, with all sides being seeded following the group stages.

Scotland’s first match will be against the junior Wallabies at Sale Sharks’ home-ground, AJ Bell Stadium, on Tuesday 7 June (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Australian’s are not an unknown quantity to Cummings and his under-20s, as the two teams faced off in last year’s competition, with the men in gold coming out on top, 31-21.

 “Australia will play a different style of rugby which we’re probably not used too; they’ll bring the attacking mind-set of the Southern Hemisphere and Super Rugby, so we’re excited to play against them,” he continued.   

“I know they’ve got a number of players who’ve played high level rugby, just like us, so we’re looking forward to a good game."

Cummings, who led his side to wins over England and Italy in the recent Six Nations campaign, expressed an assured confidence in the squad and highlights the growing experience of the players and the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies as a key component in its development.

Cummings said: “The support given to the programme this year has been excellent.

“With the Academy structure, we’ve had a lot more time together as a squad, and the camp away in France has given us good time to prepare, so we’re not playing catch-up when it comes to tournament time.

“There’s real competition for places with a lot more players getting a higher quality training.

“We’ve now got a great squad of 28 players, who can all play and compete in lots of different positions.”