ALEX SAMUEL has been recalled to the starting XV to lead Scotland Under-20s as they target a first win this year’s age-grade Six Nations in their round three clash against Italy in Cardiff tomorrow [Thursday] afternoon.
He is one of thee changes to the pack, with Cole Lamberton returning at loose-head prop, and Archie Smeaton available again at blind-side flanker.
Meanwhile, in the back-line there is three personnel and two positional changes. Cammy Scott shifts back in from inside centre to replace Christian Townsend at stand-off, where he will partner Murray Redpath at scrum-half.
Scott King moves to inside-centre where he will form a midfield partnership with Thomas Glendinning, who makes his first appearance of the Championship.
Adam Scott earns a start on the right wing after making his first appearance off the bench last week, with Finlay Callaghan returning to the opposite wing. Elliot Gourlay starts again at full-back.
Edinburgh hooker Patrick Harrison returns from illness to be named on the bench, alongside Michael Jones and Olly Frostick as front-row cover with Euan Ferrie, Rhys Tait and Rory Jackson also named as replacement forwards.
Euan Cunningham and Christian Townsend are the replacement half-back options. Alex Clayton could make his Scotland U20 debut from the bench alongside replacement backs Mike Gray and Ross McKnight.
“There were some really good periods of play last week against England, and we played with a lot of heart and passion,” said head coach Sean Lineen.
“Up front a number of players impressed us and have earned their starting positions this week. In a tournament with such a short turnaround time it’s important we use our whole squad so there are a few changes in the backs where players get the opportunity for game time.
“Italy ran France close last weekend, and we know they will be a tough outfit. The team know they will need to convert the pressure that we’re applying into points if we are to earn the win.”
Scotland U20s (v Italy at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Thursday @ 2pm): Elliot Gourlay (Sale Sharks); Adam Scott (GHA), Thomas Glendinning (Glasgow Hawks), Scott King (Heriot’s Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby), Finlay Callaghan (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors); Cameron Scott (Southern Knights/Edinburgh Rugby), Murray Redpath (Newcastle University); Cole Lamberton (Watsonians Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Drummond (Ayrshire Bulls), George Breese (Stirling Wolves), Max Williamson (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors), Alex Samuel (Stirling County/ Glasgow Warriors)©, Archie Smeaton (Cambridge University), Ollie Leatherbarrow (Exeter University), Ben Muncaster (Watsonians Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby).
Replacements: Patrick Harrison (Southern Knights/Edinburgh Rugby), Michael Jones (Boroughmuir Bears), Olly Frostick (Ealing Trailfinders), Euan Ferrie (Glasgow Hawks), Rhys Tait (Southern Knights), Rory Jackson (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors), Euan Cunningham (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors), Christian Townsend (Ayrshire Bulls), Michael Gray (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors) Ross McKnight (Stirling County), Alex Clayton (Bath University).