MURRAY REDPATH, son of Bryan and younger brother of Cameron, will start at scrum-half for Scotland Under-20s when they kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Cardiff tomorrow afternoon.
The 19-year-old will link up with Edinburgh Academy prospect Cameron Scott, who is one of only four survivors from last year’s campaign, at half-back. However, there is every chance that the Redpath-Townsend axis from the senior Scotland side of the 1990s could be rekindled at some point during the championship, with Christian Townsend in the squad and named on the bench for this match.
The side will be captained Alex Samuel, who is partnered in the second-row by Max Williamson. Both are full-time members of the Glasgow Warriors Academy and trained with the senior Scotland squad during their Six Nations campaign.
The pack also contains three players who have competitive game experience at senior pro level in hooker Patrick Harrison, No8 Ben Muncaster and open-side flanker Harri Morris, who have all turned out for Edinburgh in recent weeks.
“It’s been a new and exciting squad for us to work with this year, with every player putting their hand up for selection,” said head coach Sean Lineen.
“We know that Ireland will be a clever and physical side who will look to get their opportunities in early. Our team know their individual roles and what they must do to get us off to a good start.
“We arrived in Cardiff earlier this week and the final preparations have gone well. The boys are ready to go.”
Due to the condensed nature of the tournament the match-day squad will consist of 26 players, with eight substitutions permitted during the game.
Scotland U20 (v Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Saturday @ 2pm): Ollie Melville (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors); Finlay Callaghan (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors), Scott King (Heriot’s Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby), Elliot Gourlay (Sale Sharks), Michael Gray (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors); Cameron Scott (Southern Knights/Edinburgh Rugby), Murray Redpath (Newcastle University); Cole Lamberton (Watsonians Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby), Patrick Harrison (Southern Knights/Edinburgh Rugby), Olly Frostick (Ealing Trailfinders), Max Williamson (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors), Alex Samuel (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors) CAPTAIN, Archie Smeaton (Cambridge University), Harri Morris (Southern Knights), Ben Muncaster (Watsonians Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby).
Replacements: Jamie Drummond (Ayrshire Bulls), Michael Jones (Boroughmuir Bears), George Breese (Stirling Wolves), Euan Ferrie (Glasgow Hawks), Rory Jackson (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors), Ollie Leatherbarrow (Exeter University), Rhys Tait (Southern Knights), Ethan McVicker (Melrose Rugby), Christian Townsend (Ayrshire Bulls), Thomas Glendinning (Glasgow Hawks), Ross McKnight (Stirling County)