Scotland Under-18 squad announced for international series

James McCaig in action. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby/SNS Group

THE Scotland Under-18 squad to compete in the inaugural Under-18 International Series in Wales over the Easter period has been announced. 

The 26-man squad will travel to Cardiff on Thursday ahead of their first fixture against Wales on Saturday 8th April in Pontypridd (kick-off 7.15pm).

The squad have prepared for the tournament with a series of matches, losing their first (31-17) to a strong England Under-18 outfit, before being edged out 19-7 by a Scotland Under-19 Development side last month.

“We have had a fairly intensive period of training leading up to the International Series and have picked a squad who are well prepared and will flourish in the intense environment we will face in Wales,” said Scotland Under-18 head coach Ally Donaldson.

“We have three matches in eight days and all players will start at least one match, with the emphasis being on development and improvement.”

U18 International Series Fixtures –

Saturday 8 April at Sardis Road, Pontypridd:
– England v Canada (2.30pm)
– Ireland v Italy (5pm)
– Wales v Scotland (7.15pm)

Wednesday 12 April at Parc y Scarlets, Llanell:
– Scotland v Italy (3.30pm)
– England v Ireland (5.15pm)
– Wales v Canada (7.35pm)

Saturday 16 April at CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach:
– Italy v Canada (12 noon)
– Scotland v England (2.30pm)
– Wales v Ireland (4.15pm)

Scotland U18 squad to play at the U18 International Series

Forwards –
Euan MacLaren CAPTAIN (Dollar Academy)
Dan York (St Aloysius’ College)
Andrew Nimmo (Biggar)
Murphy Walker (Strathallan School)
Finlay Scott (Jed Thistle)
Angus Fraser (High School of Dundee)
Marshall Sykes (St Joseph’s College Ipswich / Northampton Saints)
Oliver Cattell (Beechen Cliff School / Bath Academy)
Cameron Henderson (Strathallan School / Perthshire)
Rory Darge (North Berwick High School)
Drew Davison (Gosforth High School / Newcastle Falcons)
Connor Boyle (Stewart’s Melville College)
Tyler Thomas (Merchiston Castle School)
Jack McLean (The Glasgow Academy)

Backs –
Roan Frostwick (North Berwick High School)
Gus Warr (Dollar Academy)
Ross Thompson (Stewart’s Melville College)
Matt Davidson (Merchiston Castle School)
Andrew McLean (Morrison’s Academy / Stirling County)
Rory McMichael (Wellington College / London Irish)
Cameron Symes (Stewart’s Melville College)
Grant Hughes (Dollar Academy)
James McCaig (Strathallan School / Perthshire)
Jack Blain (Stewart’s Melville College)
Jacob Lineen (Stewart’s Melville College)
Jon Searle (Brighton College / Harlequins)

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