U20 | Scotland side named for Italian finale

Head Coach Stevie Scott has named the Scotland U20 team to face Italy at Bari’s Stadio della Vittoria in the final match of the U20 Six Nations this Friday (16 March, kick-off 3pm local time).

The team selection includes two changes to the side which secured a losing bonus point away to Ireland last weekend and features thirteen players who are products of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

In the backs, Stirling County’s Logan Trotter replaces the injured Rory McMichael on the wing, with Sam Yawayawa named on the bench.

Up-front, Glasgow Hawks’ Paul Cairncross makes his first start of the campaign at hooker, as influential captain Robbie Smith - who suffered an ankle injury in Dublin last weekend - has been unable to recover in time for the trip to Italy.

Head Coach Stevie Scott said: “Our attack against Ireland was the best it has been in the tournament so far. We created a lot of opportunities and thoroughly deserved the bonus point, but we are disappointed that we didn’t win the game, because we had a chance to do that.

This group has grown considerably from the start of this process. Where they are now, compared to when they first came into camp is a credit to them as a team.

“It would be a really good championship for us if we can win this game in Italy. It will be a challenge, but the squad have trained well this week and we’re really looking forward to the fixture.”

The inclusion of Trotter is the only alteration to an otherwise unchanged back-three, as Paddy Dewhirst and Kyle Rowe keep their spots at fullback and wing respectively.

In the midfield, Northampton Saints’ Fraser Strachan once again links up with Stafford McDowall, who is named as captain. Ross Thompson – who notched up 10 points in the defeat to Ireland last weekend – keeps his place at stand-off and is partnered by Gloucester’s Charlie Chapman.

Prop pairing Shaun Gunn and Finlay Richardson continue in the front row alongside hooker Paul Cairncross, who features for the first time this Six Nations campaign.

An unchanged second-row sees Jamie Hodgson and Ewan Johnson continue their impressive partnership, while back-row trio Martin Hughes, Rory Darge and Devante Onojaife are all once again named in the starting XV.



 Scotland U20 team to face Italy U20 at Stadio della Vittora in the U20 Six Nations this Friday 16 March (kick-off 3pm local time)


 15. Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)*


14. Logan Trotter (Stirling County)*

13. Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints)

12. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)** CAPTAIN

11. Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)


10. Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)*

9. Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)


1. Shaun Gunn (Edinburgh Accies)*

2. Paul Cairncross (Glasgow Hawks)*

3. Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)

4. Ewan Johnson (Racing 92)

5. Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)* VICE CAPTAIN

6. Martin Hughes (Heriots)*

7. Rory Darge (Melrose)*

8. Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)



16. Bradley Clements (Ealing) 
17. Nathan McBeth (Lions) 
18. Murphy Walker (Strathallan School)* 
19. Marshall Sykes (St Joseph's College / Northampton Saints) 
20. Connor Boyle (Stewart's Melville College)* 
21. Kaleem Barreto (Marr)** 
22. Mark New (Glasgow Hawks) 
23. Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)**



*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy supported players 2017-18

**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players 2017-18