Scotland squad announced for Commonwealth Youth Games

Monroe Job of Selkirk has replaces injured Rudi Brown in the Scotland Under-20s squad ahead of Junior World Trophy opener on Saturday

Fergus Watson has been named in the Scotland 7s squad to compete in next month's Commonwealth Youth Games. Image: Nigel Pacey
Fergus Watson has been named in the Scotland 7s squad to compete in next month's Commonwealth Youth Games. Image: Nigel Pacey

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.

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“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.

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  1. Why is there no footage or reportage on the FOSROC youngsters games last week….never mind the kicking that the U20s are receiving just now, deserved or otherwise….It is despicable that the younger guns get no coverage at all, so poorly advertised & promoted. Is it any wonder that the U20s lack belief & structure. They need supporting but the SRU has to pull the finger out & promote these games to the public, not just the parents !! Passed off & disappointed

  2. I suspect the clubs/schools are not listed because most of these players will have left school this Summer and be moving to join clubs to play adult rugby and some of those transitions may not have been decided yet. However, for those interested, this is where they have come from

    Fergus Watson Biggar RFC
    Ben Morriss Deeside
    Joe Townshend Strathallan
    Jack Craig Ayr RFC
    Fergus Wood George Heriots School
    Robbie Baird Hutchesons GS/GHA
    Matthew Urwin St Aloysius
    Jack Hocking Ipswich GS/EDINBURGH
    Hugo Alderson Royal High/Stewarts Melville
    Johnny Ventisei © St Aloysius, GHA
    Benjamin Roger Stewarts Melville
    Ross Birnie Gordonians
    Ritchie Mitchell Gala RFC

  3. Well here’s wishing the Lads in the 7’s in the West Indies a good tournament and also the U-20’s as they start the tournament that hopefully will take them back into the senior division.
    However that will be a rather difficult journey if the opposition in Kenya has anything like the presence and skills of those Teams playing in the senior U20 tournament lower down the African Continent. If anyone has been watching the edited games coming out of the competition they will have seen it looks like there is a considerable problem awaiting Scotland’s rugby at any level if we don’t find a method of developing our youth rugby. The level of skill fitness and physical presence of some of the players, particularly in the French, Italian and Argentinian sides is frightening.
    One aspect I am sure any rugby supporter will agree with, let’s hope Ireland go well in the Final as they have shown tremendous tenacity in adversity loosing, as some of the players did personal friends in an accident and tragic following circumstances in Greece and of course the loss of Greg Oliver in another accident in South Africa. I wish them and our lads good luck.

    • Yeah we are a million miles off at age grade now. Georgia were only one point from the semis. If the 6n brings in relegation for u20 we will drop like a stone. It’s frightening how quickly we have gone from 5th at u20 RWC to nowhere. The SRU are killing the sport in this country and are now throwing millions at trying to buy in players from literally everywhere but Scotland. Still tho there will be the usuals on here proclaiming all is well and celebrating that the trough is being emptied by their pals.

  4. Frustrating that the club or school these players from not mentioned, surely recognition of selection deserves to be promoted


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