SEAN LINEEN has named a 29-man Scotland Under-20s training squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations Championship which kicks-off away to Ireland on 31st January with Connor Boyle – who captained the side last season – one of 11 returning players.
There are several players selected through the Scottish Qualified [Scottish Exiles] programme including back-row Archie Smeaton of Yorkshire Carnegie/Cambridge University, loose-head prop Alex Maxwell of Stourbridge RFC and stand-off Callum Grieve of Newcastle University, plus stand-off Nathan Chamberlain of Hartpury College/Bristol Bears and hooker Ewan Ashman of Sale Sharks (currently on loan at Edinburgh) who are both returning for their second campaigns.
Biggar’s Jamie Campbell is also called up after being part of the U18 Scotland side that defeated Ireland 42-40 in last year’s Six Nations campaign.
“We have selected a good group of players, some of whom were involved in last year’s programme and we’re excited to see them progress along with the new additions,” said Lineen.
“This is an important year for the U20 squad and after some good preparations, where we will play two FOSROC Super6 sides in Watsonians Rugby and Ayrshire Bulls in planned sessions, the boys will be ready to face Ireland in the Six Nations opener at the end of January.
“There will still be opportunities to add to the squad throughout January for a number of players who are currently out injured and who impress the coaching staff ahead of the tournament.”
The age-grade side endured a tough 2018-19, finishing bottom of the Six Nations with just one win and then being relegated from the top tier U20 World Championship in June after losing all five of their games.
Tickets for Scotland U20 v England U20 at Myreside (Friday 7 February, kick-off 7.30pm) and Scotland U20 v France U20 at Netherdale (Friday 6 March, kick-off 8pm) are on sale now and can be bought from the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre HERE.
Scotland U20 6 Nations Training Squad –
Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks)
Connor Boyle (Watsonians Rugby)
George Breese (Stirling Wolves)
Gregor Brown (Boroughmuir Bears)
Jamie Campbell (Biggar)
Dan Gamble (Heriot’s Rugby)
Rory Darge (Southern Knights)
Cameron Henderson (Stirling County)
Jack Hill (Durham University)
Rory Jackson (Ayrshire Bulls)
Rory Jackson (Watsonians Rugby)
Thomas Jeffrey (Jed-Forest)
Alex Maxwell (Stourbridge RFC)
Cairn Ramsay (Currie Chieftains)
Robbie Simpson (Edinburgh Accies)
Archie Smeaton (Cambridge University)
Jack Blain (Heriot’s Rugby)
Nathan Chamberlain (Hartpury College/Bristol Bears)
Matthew Currie (Watsonians Rugby)
Roan Frostwick (Watsonians Rugby)
Callum Grieve (Newcastle University)
Jacob Henry (Southern Knights)
Scott King (Heriot’s Rugby)
Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears)
Kyle McGhie (Boroughmuir Bears)
Rufus McLean (Boroughmuir Bears)
Scott Robeson (Heriots Rugby)
Cameron Scott (Boroughmuir Bears)
Ollie Smith (Ayrshire Bulls)