Hill and Jackson called into U20 squad
Scotland U20 have made two changes to their squad for next month’s World Rugby U20 Championship held in Argentina (4-22 June).
Dropping out of the squad through injury are back-row Jack Mann (Edinburgh Accies) and hooker Angus Fraser (Glasgow Hawks), both of whom featured in the U20 Six Nations earlier this year.
Taking the place of the injured pair in the 28-man squad are back-row Jack Hill (Durham University) and hooker Rory Jackson (Edinburgh Academy).
Hill – who was named in the U20 Six Nations squad at the beginning of the year – has risen through the age-grades, featuring for Scotland at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels, as well as Sale Sharks’ U18 side.
Jackson is named in an U20 squad for the first time in his career having seen game time at U18 level. The Edinburgh Academy pupil was involved in 2019 U18 Six Nations festival in South-West England earlier this season as Scotland faced Italy, Wales and Ireland in an eight-day tournament.
Also called in to the squad is hooker Callum Renwick (Hawick), who will travel as cover with Jackson currently undergoing school exams.
Scotland U20’s World Rugby U20 Championship preparations move State-side this week, with the squad based in Washington for a seven-day training camp in America’s capital.
The week-long period of intense training will also see the age-grade outfit face Old Glory DC at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium tonight (Monday 27 May, kick-off 7pm local time, midnight BST) in a training match live streamed on scottishrugby.org.
The match will give U20 Head Coach Carl Hogg the chance to give all players in the squad valuable game time and test different combinations in key areas, while playing in Washington in early summer will present similar conditions to those found in Argentina.
Scotland U20 begin their World Rugby U20 Championship campaign against South Africa U20 at Rosario’s Racecourse Stadium on Tuesday 4 June (kick-off 2.30pm BST) before facing New Zealand U20 at the same venue four days later (Saturday 8 June, kick-off 7.30pm BST).
The age-grade side then play Georgia U20 in their final pool stage fixture at Rosario’s Racecourse Stadium (Wednesday 12 June, kick-off 2.30pm BST) with all three group matches streamed live on world.rugby/u20