U20s 6N: Scotland make two changes for Friday-night France clash

Scotland Under-20’s head coach Kenny Murray has named his Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland Under-20s head coach Kenny Murray. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND Under-20s coach Kenny Murray has made two changes to the starting line-up to face France at the Hive Stadium on Friday night. Harlequins and Swansea University lock Theo Currie takes over from Euan McVie, and Glasgow No 8 Jonny Morris moves up from the bench to replace Tom Currie. Both McVie and Currie were injured in last week’s opening match of the Under-20s Six Nations, the 37-29 defeat by Wales in Colwyn Bay.

“We started off with a really strong performance last week, which slipped in the second half and let Wales beat us to the finish line,” Murray said. “For many of the boys, that was their first taste of international rugby, and this week brings the even bigger challenge of France.

“We are looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in this competition at Hive Stadium. I’m sure the crowd will give the team the drive to put on an exciting performance under the Friday-night lights.”

 

 

There is a 6-2 split again on the bench, with three alterations from last week. Edinburgh’s Hector Patterson takes over from Eric Davey in the backs replacements, while Callum Smyth and Ryan Burke are the newcomers up front.

Meanwhile, Murray confirmed that Ollie Blyth-Lafferty, brother of replacement hooker Jerry, will not be able to play again for the team until he turns 18 in seven weeks. The tighthead prop was named in the team to play against the Welsh, but was a late withdrawal due to a World Rugby and Six Nations preference that front-row forwards in the competition have to be at least 18.

“Ollie is able to play adult rugby in Scotland and he’s played Super Series. We’ll not play him for the rest of the Six Nations but we will play him in the Junior World Trophy.

“We had selected him but wanted to double check. When we had some discussions around World Rugby we decided we didn’t want to push it. Ironically he would have been the biggest player in the front row in that game last week.

“There’s no point worrying about it. We just need to get on with it.”

 

Scotland U20s (v France U20s at Hive Stadium, Friday 8pm): F Watson (Glasgow Warriors); K Johnston (Glasgow Warriors), G Gwynn (Ealing Trailfinders/Brunel University), K Yule (Glasgow Warriors), A Caqusau (Glasgow Warriors); I Coates (Edinburgh), M Lock (Bath/Bath Uni); R Deans (Edinburgh),  E Young (Exeter Chiefs/Exeter Uni), C  Norrie (Glasgow Warriors), T Currie (Harlequins/Swansea Uni), R Hart (Glasgow Warriors),  L McConnell (Edinburgh, captain), F Douglas (Edinburgh), J Morris (Glasgow Warriors). Replacements: J Blyth-Lafferty (Edinburgh), C  Smyth (Glasgow Warriors), R Whitefield (Biggar), R Burke (Glasgow Warriors), A Clarke (Durham Uni), M Job (Southern Knights), H  Patterson (Edinburgh), J  Hocking (Edinburgh).

 

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5 Comments

  1. Murray says this team is competitive .
    We’ll see if this is true tonight .
    French team different gravy from the Welch

    • I watched the France u20 v Ireland u20 game, the standard of rugby was very impressive. The Scotland wingers will really be tested defensively tonight (the French continually tried to get the ball out wide to their blonde haired winger in particular last week) – it will be interesting to see how they cope.

      On a more positive note, I think the forwards should be pretty competitive, I’ve seen the French with bigger packs.

  2. Very surprised that it’s the same backs starting as last week. I must have been watching a different game from Mr Murray! He sticks to his guns, I’ll give him that.

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    • There has to be a change at Stand Off after tonight
      Have to be brutal
      Coates can’t kick the ball into touch .
      A basic skill .
      Who knows what the score would have been if these penalties had went where they should have .
      ……IN THE BLOODY CORNER
      Is there nobody else for Stand Off in this squad ?

  3. Safe to say this will be a sterner test of Kenny Murray’s strategy, and the squad than the Wales game. Good luck to all.

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