U20 World Trophy: Scotland v Hong Kong China: 10 changes for hosts ahead of round two clash

Kenny Murray's side hammered Samoa by a record score in round one of tournament

Skipper Liam McConnell is one of only five players in the team to face Hong Kong Chine on Sunday to have also started against Samoa on Monday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Skipper Liam McConnell is one of only five players in the team to face Hong Kong Chine on Sunday to have also started against Samoa on Monday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND Under-20s head coach Kenny Murray has made 10 changes to the starting he sent out for Monday’s record 123-14 demolition of Samoa, ahead of Sunday afternoon’s clash against a Hong Kong China side who will be reeling after losing their opening game of this World Trophy campaign  105-20.

Hooker Seb Stephen, tight-head prop Callum Norrie, second-rows Dylan Cockburn and Ruaraidh Hart, and No 8 Jonny Morris join the pack, with Hart listed as vice-captain.

Scrum-half Hector Patterson, stand-off Matthew Urwin and inside-centre Kerr Yule comprise an all-new midfield, while; winger Ludo Kolade and full-back Jack Hocking are also added to the line-up.


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“With the nature of this tournament and the short turnaround between matches, it is important that we are able to use the full squad and that everyone can step up,” said Murray.

“While we were delighted with our win on Tuesday, we know that we can still perform better as a team and Sunday gives us an opportunity to do that.

“Hong Kong China will provide us with another good test and give us an opportunity to play a team and style of rugby that we haven’t faced before, which is exciting for this group.”

 

Scotland U20s (versus Hong Kong China at Hive Stadium on Sunday @ 2.30pm): J Hocking; F Doyle (Loughborough University), J Vintisei (Glasgow Warriors), K Yule (Glasgow Warriors), L Kolade (Harlequins/Bath University); M Urwin (Glasgow Warriors), H Patterson (Edinburgh Rugby); R Deans (Edinburgh), S Stephen (unattached), C Norrie (Glasgow Warriors), D Cockburn (Southern Knights/Melrose), R Hart (Glasgow Warriors), L McConnell (Edinburgh), F Douglas (Edinburgh Rugby), J Morris (Glasgow Warriors). Replacements: J Blyth-Lafferty (Edinburgh Rugby), B White (Biggar), O Blyth-Lafferty (Edinburgh Rugby), R Burke (Glasgow Warriors), T Currie (Edinburgh Rugby), C McApline (Watsonians), A McLean (Boroughmuir Bears), F Watson (Glasgow Warriors).


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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.

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