SCOTLAND UNDER-20s head coach Kenny Murray has named six debutants in his starting XV and six more on the bench for Friday night’s age-grade Six Nations curtain-raiser against England at the DAM Health Stadium.
The new faces in the side are blindside flanker Matthew Deehan from Newcastle Falcons, second-row Josh Taylor from Ealing Trailfinders and Currie Chieftains tight-head prop Gregor Scougall, who wasn’t named in the training squad announced last week due to a lower limb injury.
Behind the scrum, Jed Gelderbloom starts at scrum-half, Duncan Munn of Boroughmuir Bears is in the centre and Robin McClintock of Montpellier is at full-back.
“The team are in a really good place after working hard over the last few months,” said Murray. “I’m really happy with the squad we’ve been able to select, 11 players have played in an international match of this level before, so they know what to expect.
“It will be a really special night at the DAM Health Stadium on Friday as this group of players get to experience representing their country for the first time on home soil since all 2021 Under-20 Six Nations fixtures were held in Cardiff.
“A large crowd is expected so it should be a great atmosphere to open our campaign with.”
Scotland U20s (v England at The DAM Health Stadium, on Friday @ 8pm):
15. Robin McClintock (Montpellier) (0)
14. Ross McKnight* (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors) (2)
13. Duncan Munn** (Boroughmuir Bears) (0)
12. Michael Gray* (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors) (4)
11. Ollie Melville (Newcastle University) (4)
10. Christian Townsend* (Ayrshire Bulls/Glasgow Warriors) (5)
9. Jed Gelderbloom (Edinburgh Rugby) (0)
1. Tom Banatvala (Durham University) (2)
2. Patrick Harrison* (Edinburgh Rugby) (4)
3. Gregor Scougall** (Currie Chieftains) (0)
4. Josh Taylor (Ealing Trailfinders) (0)
5. Max Williamson* (Stirling County/Glasgow Warriors) (5)
6. Matthew Deehan (Newcastle Falcons) (0)
8. Ollie Leatherbarrow (Exeter University) (5)
7. Rhys Tait* (Boroughmuir Bears/Glasgow Warriors) (5) CAPTAIN
16. Gregor Hiddleston (GHA) (0)
17. Michael Jones* (Heriot’s Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby) (5)
18. Callum Norrie** (Strathallan School) (0)
19. Jake Spurway (Durham University) (0)
20. Olujare Oguntibeju (Ealing Trailfinders) (0)
21. Tim Brown (Glasgow Hawks) (0)
22. Euan Cunningham* (Stirling County / Glasgow Warriors) (3)
23. Ben Evans* (Heriot’s Rugby/Edinburgh Rugby) (0)
- *FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player
- **FOSROC Scottish Rugby Regional Academy Player
- Number in brackets donate previous Scotland U20 appearances