A SQUAD of 13 male players aged 17 and 18 has been announced to represent Scotland in Rugby 7s at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago between 4th and 11th August.
The side will travel to the West Indies alongside Netball, Beach Volleyball, Triathlon, Athletics, Cycling and Swimming teams for the week long festival of sport.
Craig Dods will coach the 7s squad, and it will captained by Johnny Ventisei, who was recently announced as part of Glasgow Warriors’ academy for the 2023-24 season.
“We’re delighted to confirm the 13-player squad that have been selected to represent Team Scotland at the 2023 Youth Commonwealth Games,” said Dods.
“The 13 boys will now take part in an intensive month-long programme before flying out at the start of August.
“All players selected have been part of the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy or involved with our SQ programme. Six members of the team represented Scotland at the U18 Six Nations Festival in Dublin earlier this year.
“I’m excited to see how this group of players progress in the coming weeks and watch them compete on the international stage.”
Ventisei added: “I’m over the moon to be asked to captain this team at Trinbago 2023. I’m buzzing to represent Team Scotland with the rest of the boys in a once in a lifetime multi-sport games experience in an incredible location.”
Team Scotland Rugby 7s squad for the 2023 Youth Commonwealth Games: Fergus Watson, Ben Morriss, Joe Townshend, Jack Craig, Fergus Wood, Robbie Baird, Matthew Urwin, Jack Hocking, Hugo Alderson, Johnny Ventisei ©, Benjamin Roger, Ross Birnie and Ritchie Mitchell.
- Meanwhile, Monroe Job of Selkirk has replaced the injured Rudi Brown in the Scotland Under-20s squad which is preparing for the opening match of their Junior World Trophy campaign opener against Zimbabwe on Saturday morning. The team for this weekend’s match will be announced on Tuesday afternoon.