Monaghan selects squad of 26 for U18s England clash

These are the games you want to play in and these boys really strive in a competitive environment

Scotland U18s' Nathan Chamberlain
Scotland U18s' Nathan Chamberlain was man of the match in last Sunday's narrow defeat by Wales. Image courtesy SNS/Scottish Rugby.

SCOTLAND Under-18s coach Iain Monaghan has named a squad of 26 for Sunday’s match against England at Bridgehaugh, including the vast majority who were on duty in last Sunday’s 32-30 defeat by Wales.

Tyler Thomas, who was injured in that game, is the only member of the starting line-up not to be in this week’s squad. Replacements Luhann Kotze, Callum Hoffie and Ashley Sinton also miss out this time round as Monaghan takes a look at some others who were unavailable for the last match.

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“This weekend we’ll be working hard on what we learnt in the narrow defeat to Wales and looking to build on that performance,” Monaghan said. “We have another group of guys coming in this weekend who we want to have a look at. The more players we can look at the better, so we can take a strong group to the U18 Six Nations tournament at the end of the month.

“Playing England is always a big challenge and the games are physical and fast. These are the games you want to play in and these boys really strive in a competitive environment. The players will experience some real highs and some real lows, but this will stand them in good stead when they move on to U19 and U20 squads.”

Entry to the match in Stirling is free.

Scotland U18 squad (v England U18 at Bridgehaugh, Sunday, noon):

Backs: Kristian Kay (Stowe School/Wasps), Jamie Dobie (Merchiston), Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol/SGS College), Robbie McCallum (Loretto),  Dan Lancaster (Yorkshire Carnegie/Bishop Burton College), Scott Robeson (Heriot’s), Ollie Smith (Strathallan), Jack Blain (Stewart’s-Melville),  Paul Cunningham (Watson’s), Rufus McLean (Merchiston), Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s, York), Femi Sofolarin (Dulwich College/Harlequins).

Forwards: Thomas Jeffrey (Peebles), Mak Wilson (Duns), Daniel Gamble (Kelso/Merchiston), Alex Maxwell (Brooksby Melton College/Leicester Tigers), Rory S Jackson (Edinburgh Academy), Scott Cleland (Ayr), Cammy Brown (Kelso), Tom Morris (Dollar), Kieran Watt (Watsonians), James Barker (Newcastle Falcons/Gosforth Academy), Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie/ Hymers College), Jack Hill (Sedbergh/Sale Sharks), Cameron Henderson (Strathallan), Gavin Wilson (Dumfries Saints).

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