Scotland U18 squad named for inaugural Six Nations Festival

Iain Monaghan has named a 26-man squad to travel to Wales this week for the Six Nations U18 Festival, which kicks off on Saturday.

Following a narrow defeat to Wales earlier this month and a behind-closed-doors game against England, the squad will compete in the inaugural Six Nations U18 Festival and have games against England, France and Ireland to look forward to over a 10-day period.

Italy and Wales will also compete in the Festival over Easter, that will see all teams play on three match days - Saturday, 31 March (Ystrad Mynach), Wednesday, 4 April (Cardiff Arms Park) and Sunday, 8 April (Cardiff Arms Park).

Scotland U18 Head Coach Iain Monaghan said: “We’re looking forward to travelling to Wales later this week to compete in the Six Nations U18 Festival. 

“We have three tough games and we’ll be aiming to make further progress following matches against Wales and England earlier this month.

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to play against top level opposition away from home and for us to build on what we’ve been working on.”

 

Scotland U18 Fixtures:

Saturday, 31 March, Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach

12 noon: Scotland v England

2.30pm: Wales v France

5pm: Ireland v Italy

 

Wednesday, 4 April, Cardiff Arms Park

12 noon: Italy v England

2.30pm: Ireland v Wales

5pm: France v Scotland

 

Sunday, 8 April Cardiff Arms Park

12 noon: Ireland v Scotland

2.30pm: Italy v Wales

5pm: France v England

 

Scotland U18 Wales Festival Squad (29 March – 8 April 2018)

 

 Forwards 

Thomas Jeffrey * (Peebles)

 Mak Wilson * (Duns)

 Daniel Gamble * (Kelso / Merchiston Castle School)

 Alex Pleasants (The Henley College / Wasps)

 Rory Jackson (Edinburgh Academy)

 Scott Clelland* (Ayr)

 Cameron Henderson * (Strathallan School)

 Cameron Brown (Kelso)

 Jack Hill (Sedbergh School)

 Tom Morris (Dollar Academy)

 Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie / Hymers College)

Gavin Wilson* (Dumfries Saints)

 Connor Boyle* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewart’s Meville RFC)

 Rory Darge* (Borders College / Melrose)

 

  Backs

 Kristian Kay (Stowe School / Wasps)

 Jamie Dobie* (Merchiston Castle School)

 Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol / SGS College)

 Robbie McCallum* (Loretto School)

 Dan Lancaster (Yorkshire Carnegie / Bishop Burton College)

 Scott Robeson (George Heriot’s School)

 Paul Cunningham (George Watson’s College)

 Jack Blain* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewarts Melville RFC)

 Matthew Currie (Merchiston Castle School)

 Rufus McLean (Merchiston Castle School) 

 Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s, York)

 Femi Sofolarin (Dulwich College / Harlequins)

 

*BT Sport Academy Player Supported Player

 

Tickets for each matchday are £5 adults, U16s go free (maximum 2 free tickets per paying adult). Tickets for matchday 1 are on sale now at Ystrad Mynach CSE and by calling 01443 864767. Tickets for Matchdays 2 and 3 will only be available on the gate on matchday.