U20s 6N: four changes for young Scots ahead of Wales visit

Kenny Murray's side are looking to build on the positives from a narrow defeat against England last weekend

Rudi Brown will once again wear the No 7 jersey for Scotland Under-20s against Wales on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rudi Brown will once again wear the No 7 jersey for Scotland Under-20s against Wales on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND UNDER-20S head coach Kenny Murray has made four changes to the starting XV he sent out against England last weekend ahead of Friday’s clash against Wales at Scotstoun.

All three changes in the pack are enforced by injury. Watsonians FC club player Craig Davidson will make his first start at this level in place of Max Surry (calf strain) at loose-head-prop, Ruaraidh Hart of Glasgow Hawks is rewarded for his strong showing off the bench against England with a starting spot in the second-row in place of Harris McLeod (back strain), and Sam Derrick of Southern Knights replaces Jonny Morris (concussed) at No 8.

Meanwhile, Ben Evans of Heriot’s Super6 franchise gets the nod ahead of Amena Caqusau on the left wing, as Murray looks for his young side to build on the positives from last weekend’s narrow defeat at Twickenham Stoop.


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“I was impressed by the performance the players gave in the second half last week, but we still have a lot to improve on if we want a good result out of this weekend,” said the coach.

“Wales are also coming off the back of loss, meaning that both teams will want to give everything they’ve got to walk away with a win.

“This week it’s all about being in it for the full 80 minutes and cutting out those errors that cost us against England.”

“Wales have got a really good set of backs this year, with four or five of them back from last year, so they are going to be pretty sharp.”

 

Scotland U20s (v Wales at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday @ 7.15pm): D King; W Robinson, D Munn (co-captain), K Yule, B Evans; R Simpson, B Afshar; C Davidson, C Tait, C Norrie, J Parkinson, R Hart, L McConnell (co-captain), R Brown, S Derrick. Substitutes: J Blyth-Lafferty, R Deans, M Ogunlaja, E Erskine, J Rutherford, F Burgess, G Gwynn, L Jarvie.

Wales: C Winnett; L Morgan, L Hennessey, H Ackerman, O Andrew; D Edwards, A Hughes; D Kelleher-Griffiths, S Scarfe, E  Fackrell, L Edwards, R Woodman, M  Martin, M  Morse, H Davies. Substitutes: L Lloyd, F Chapman, T  Pritchard, O Evans, L  Giannini, H Williams, H James, T Florence.


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7 Comments

  1. a good start is key. Too often we start slow and when we get to the pace of the game play well when the game is all but lost. Unlucky not to win last week but if we give the opposition a big lead its all uphill

    Fingers crossed, we have some excellent young players

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  2. Great to see the under 20s were very competitive and hopefully Murray who is a very good coach has managed to turn the corner for the under 20s who are currently classed as a tier 2 nation after relegation from world championships. I really enjoyed the game and the fight and spirit shown and we not need to repeat as we must at least win all of our home games. One point is why are we playing this at Scotstoun as surely it should be played at little Murrayfield which would be packed with visiting Welsh fans and a great revenue earner at what is it a tenner a ticket

  3. Good to see Ben Evans fit and involved. I presume Finn Douglas is still injured? And Matty Russell? or Ben Salmon? Does anyone know if injuries in young players take longer to recover from than in older players, or is it the nature of the injuries you get when you are building your body? We have hardly seen anything of Banatvala or Sweeney while they have been in the Academy either. Just wondering if there is a study on length of injury recovery and age anywhere.

    • Moody. Had heard Finn Douglas was out for a while yet. Andy McLean should be back in contention at fullback soon. Ben Evans is down as a centre most places, but see he has played wing too. Not too many tries amongst the backs this season from what I can see…

  4. Lots of positive things happening in Scottish rugby. I hope the team can match last weeks performance against England U20’s.

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