Four changes to Scotland U20 for Ireland clash

Andrew Simmers starts at scrum-half

Head Coach John Dalziel has named four personnel changes to his starting Scotland U20 side for tomorrow’s World Rugby U20s clash against their Irish counterparts at the AIA Arena in Kutaisi, Georgia (kick-off 1pm local / 10am BST) – livestream on worldrugby.org

In the pack, Dalziel has made one change to his front-row with Adam Nicol coming in to start at tighthead prop.

The only other personnel change to the forwards is in the back-row where Bruce Flockhart comes in to start on the blindside flank.

Andrew Simmers is named at scrum-half, with Robbie Nairn gaining promotion from the bench to start on the right-wing.

Patrick Anderson will debut for Scotland U20 if he takes to the field.

Head Coach, Dalziel, said: “We’ve named a fairly settled side, with a few players meriting selection through their performance in training and in the match against New Zealand.

“It’s been a quick turnaround , but this game is huge in terms of is a must-win if we are to hit the targets we have set ourselves as a group. 

“We know Ireland are a quality side and there’s no doubt we’re in for a big battle come game time, but we fronted up for large periods of the game against New Zealand and we’ll be looking to take those positives from that performance into this match.”

Blair Kinghorn retains his spot at full-back, with try-scorer against New Zealand, Darcy Graham, and Nairn starting on the wings.

Ross McCann shifts to outside centre to accommodate for the incoming Nairn, with Stafford McDowall donning the number 12 shirt.

Connor Eastgate remains at stand-off to partner Simmers behind the scrum.

Fraser Renwick, who scored Scotland’s first try of the Championship, continues at hooker alongside Dunbar and Nicol in the front-row, while Callum Hunter-Hill and Alex Craig will partner once again at lock.

Luke Crosbie moves from the blinside to openside flank with the inclusion of Flockhart, and Matt Fagerson completes the back-row unit.

Scotland U20 team to play Ireland U20 at AIA Arena, Kutaisi, in the World Rugby U20 Championship, tomorrow (Sunday 4 June, kick-off 1pm local/10am BST) – livestream available on worldrugby.org

 

15. Blair Kinghorn

14.Robbie Nairn**
13. Ross McCann**
12. Stafford McDowall**
11. Darcy Graham

10. Connor Eastgate
9. Andrew Simmers

1. George Thornton
2. Fraser Renwick**
3. Adam Nicol**
4. Alex Craig
5. Callum Hunter-Hill CAPTAIN**
6. Bruce Flockhart**
7. Luke Crosbie**
8. Matt Fagerson**

Replacements

16. Robbie Smith**
17. Fergus Bradbury*
18. Ross Dunbar**
19. Hamish Bain**
20. Tom Dodd
21. Charlie Shiel**
22. Josh Henderson**
23. Patrick Anderson* 

*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy supported player
**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy stage 3 player