Scotland Under-18s squad named for Six Nations Festival in Dublin

Freddy Douglas of Stewart's Melville College has been named in the Scotland Under-18s squad for the Six Nations Festival in Dublin. Image: Meriel Limb
Freddy Douglas of Stewart's Melville College has been named in the Scotland Under-18s squad for the Six Nations Festival in Dublin. Image: Meriel Limb

ROSS MILLER has named his 26-strong Scotland squad for the Men’s U18 Six Nations Festival which will play three matches in Dublin during the next two weeks.

The young Scots will kick off their tournament against Ireland this coming Saturday (kick off 3.15pm), before taking on France on Wednesday 12th April and Wales on Sunday 16th.

The fixtures will all be streamed live by Six Nations.

Super Series Sprint: 14 matches to be broadcast live

Hall of Fame inductee Eric Paxton recalls great days at Melrose Sevens

That was the month that was: March 2023

“We’re really looking forward to the six nations festival in Dublin , it will be a great experience and how the players respond to the new challenges ahead will be key,” said head coach Miller.

“We have trained well since our match with Wales, and this festival gives them the opportunity to develop further.

“The squad have come together well over the training programme and have a good work ethic, they are really excited around stretching themselves further during the festival.”

The Women’s U18 squad will also be in action as the U18 Women Six Nations Festival kicks off at Wellington College on Friday.

Scotland U18 squad for U18 Six Nations Festival –

Forwards –

  • Seb Stephen* (Glenalmond College/Aberdeen Grammar RFC)
  • Finlay Mcintosh (George Watson’s College)
  • Fraser Wilson* (Gala RFC)
  • Oliver Duncan* (Edinburgh Academy)
  • Fergus Wood* (George Heriot’s School)
  • Joe Roberts* (Robert Gordon’s College)
  • Bart Godsell (Gloucester Academy/Marling)
  • Charlie Moss (Marlow Rugby/Shiplake College/Wasps)
  • Finn Spurway* (Glenalmond College)
  • Ben White* (Peebles RFC)
  • Keita Ando (SC Frankfurt 1880/Sedbergh)
  • Ollie Blyth-Lafferty* (Boroughmuir RFC)
  • Freddy Douglas* (Stewart’s Melville College)
  • Nick Torkington* (Stirling County RFC)

Backs –

  • Hector Patterson* (Hawick RFC)
  • Hugo Alderson (Stewart’s Melville College)
  • Isaac Coates* (Merchiston Castle)
  • Matthew Urwin* (St Aloysius)
  • Lloyd McEwan-Peters (Yorkshire Academy/Wellington College)
  • Johnny Ventisei* (St Aloysius/GHA RFC)
  • Jack Brown* (George Watson’s College)
  • Sam Leweni* (Queen Victoria School)
  • Fergus Watson* (Biggar RFC)
  • Samuel Rockley (London Irish/Bishop Wand/London Irish Academy)
  • Jack Hocking* (Edinburgh Rugby)
  • Thomas Russell* (Stewarts Melville College)

*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy Supported Players

Scotland U18 fixtures for U18 Six Nations Festival –

  • Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 8 April, kick off 3.15pm
  • France v Scotland, Wednesday 12 April, kick off 1pm
  • Scotland v Wales, Sunday 16 April, kick off 12pm

Melrose Sevens ready to launch a new chapter

About David Barnes 3989 Articles
David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.


  1. In response to Paul Wilson above and
    “I take it that’s it is only the school competitions that count!!!
    What about the clubs!!!!”

    It was you that brought up Edinburgh and private schools….
    Boroughmuir has won the U18 youth cup for the last 3 years if I am not mistaken.

    So, is it Edinburgh that you have an issue with or just the private schools?

    The best players are the best players regardless of where their parents choose to school them or where they grew up, but it’s certainly no coincidence that they are coming from schools and clubs that have excellent coaching, facilities and training. Competive games on a regular basis are also very important.

    So instead of assuming there is a grand conspiracy against those not from Edinburgh (I am not from there) or for private schools (which I didn’t go to), why don’t we look at what they are doing right and try to emulate it across the country.

  2. There is more than enough clubs out there developing talent that has no chance of breaking through given the preferential selection from the private Schools.
    There are more boys from the Edinburgh Schools than the whole of the clubs in Scotland combined.
    A sham. Let’s start picking players on ability

    • In the last 15 years a school from outside Edinburgh has won the national U18 cup once.
      At U16 level it is twice.
      Maybe they are indeed being picked on ability and what is needed across the whole country is similar levels of coaching, time spent on skill and focus.

      • I take it that’s it is only the school competitions that count!!!
        What about the clubs!!!!

  3. Ah what would the SRU do without the private school boy systems. 21 of the 26 are from the private schools gravy train. And they say the system is working.

    • Maybe you know something I dont, but I count 7 who don’t have a school club against their name. But I do agree, we need to get more state schools playing rugby, especially considering the Under 20 results and the number of club games cancelled due to lack of players.

    • What would the SRU do?
      They (and the teams) would be worse off, it’s pretty clear.
      The question is do we introduce quotas based on something other than ability and potential? Hopefully not.

Comments are closed.