Scotland U20 heading for America Camp
Scotland U20 will complete their preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina at an overseas camp in Washington DC it was announced today (Tuesday 2 April).
U20’s Head Coach Carl Hogg and the young Scots will set off for the States at the end of May for a week of intense training, which will include a warm-up fixture against Old Glory DC on Memorial Day, 27 May.
The camp follows the announcement that Scottish Rugby has taken a minority stake in the MLR expansion side Old Glory DC, with the opportunity to focus U20 preparations State-side the first example of the relationship in action. Old Glory is playing the first professional rugby in the history of the Washington DC market through a five-game exhibition season this spring, with the Scotland U20s as a cornerstone of that schedule.
Scotland U20 Head Coach, Carl Hogg, said: “This is great opportunity to get an extra week’s worth of preparation in a fantastic facility, and the added benefit of a good hard hit out against the newly formed Old Glory. This excellent match opportunity in a venue much closer to the Argentina time zone will give us a great springboard into the world championships.
“The learning and togetherness brought from working in an intense, performance-led residential camp will add a great deal to our preparations for two very tough games to start – New Zealand and South Africa – so it’ll be good to go into those games off the back of a good camp.”
“We expect this may be the most challenging match-up of our exhibition season,” said Old Glory DC chairman Chris Dunlavey. “But we’ll learn a lot about the players we’ve pulled together by testing them against the best, and we hope we’ll give the Scotland U20s a good contest before their pursuit of a world championship. What a great way to launch the relationship with our Scottish Rugby partners.”
In the 2019 competition Scotland U20 are in Pool C and will face six-time champions New Zealand, last year's bronze medallists South Africa and an increasingly-impressive Georgian age-grade side, all of whom are ranked above the men in blue.
SCOTLAND U20 SCHEDULE
Tuesday 4 June: South Africa v Scotland (kick-off 10.30am)
Saturday 8 June: New Zealand v Scotland (kick-off 3.30pm)
Wednesday 12 June: Georgia v Scotland (kick-off 10.30am)