U20s 6N: three Scotland changes for France clash

Kenny Murray's side take on Les Bleus in Agen on Friday night

Scotland Under-20s are looking to build on their morale-boosting win over France when they face France in Agen on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland Under-20s are looking to build on their morale-boosting win over France when they face France in Agen on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND under-20s head coach Kenny Murray has made three personnel changes to his starting side to face France in Agen on Friday night.

Two of the changes are enforced by injury with Moby Ogunlaja coming in at tight-head prop (having played 71 minutes there against Wales last time out after Callum Norrie suffered a shoulder injury which has ruled him out for the remainder of this Six Nations campaign) and Finlay Burgess replacing Ben Afshar (who has a hand injury which may also mean he may not play again in this championship) at scrum-half. Murray expects both Norrie and Afshar to be back for the Junior World Trophy in the summer.

Meanwhile, Jonny Morris has recovered from a concussion he suffered against England to line-up at No 8 in place of Sam Derrick, who is rotated out of the squad altogether. “Sam has been involved in the first few games so we want to have a look at some other guys we’ve got on the programme, which is why Ewan Guy comes onto the bench alongside Jonny Rutherford,” explained Murray.


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France scraped a 27-28 away win against Italy in round one of this Six Nations before going down 33-31 away to Ireland in round two. This is their first home game of the campaign and a big and vocal crowd is expected.

“I think it will be close to a full-house so we know it is going to be a massive game in terms of crowd and atmosphere,” said Murray. “We trained indoors at Oriam on Monday and managed to get crowd noise pumped in over the tanoy for about 40 minutes of the session to try to recreate the kind of environment we are going to face on Friday night.

“The boys are obviously buoyant after a win last time out and they are looking forward to getting back out there,” he added. “We know how difficult it is going to be, but it is a great opportunity for us to have a go with the pressure off.

“France pose an intense and highly physical game, something we must also do if we want another win this week.”

Scotland have never previously tasted success in this fixture, with the closest they have ever got being in 2010 when they managed an 8-8 draw in Inverness.

 

Scotland U20s (v France at Stade Armandie, Agen, on Friday @ 8pm): D King; B Evans, D Munn (co-captain), K Yule, W Robinson; R Simpson, F Burgess; C Davidson, C Tait, M Ogunlaja, J Parkinson, R Hart, L McConnell (co-captain), R Brown, J Morris. Substitutes: J Blyth-Lafferty, M Surry, R Deans, E Erskine, J Rutherford, E Guy, C Clare, G Gwynn.


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7 Comments

  1. How many of these guys actively played in this years Super6 series….difficult to figure as they seem to revert back to their home club ? Curiosity….

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    • @Sylvie. Believe very few were regular starters in Super 6 rugby this season, maybe a couple. Looking at the stats for eligible players, Davey, Darroch and McLean from Glasgow Hawks and Caqasau from GHA have made the most 1st XV starts for Prem sides, not so easy to find Super 6 data.

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      • I can think of at least 7 in there playing super 6, but am pretty sure that game time is heavily managed and given this is a young squad I would be surprised if you thought that, talented though these guys are, that 17 -18 year olds would make the step straight up to super 6 particularly in the forwards.

    • So appearances in Super 6 are as follows for the guys in this squad
      Dan King 8 starts + 2 sub appearances; B Evans 2+2 both for Heriots.
      D Munn 13+2, C Tait 9+1, L McConnell 4+4, J B Lafferty 6+7 for Boroughmuir Bears
      R Simpson 5+4 for Ayrshire Bulls
      F Burgess 4+5 for Stirling Wolves
      R Brown 10+2 for Southern Knights
      R Deans 2+7 for three different clubs

      Johnny Rutherford was in the Stirling Wolves squad last year, but missed the whole season through injury. Rauridh Hart has not yet been included in a Super 6 squad but did make one substitute experience for Heriots

      None of K Yule, C Davidson, M Ogunluja, J Morris have appeared in Super 6 and the rest of the squad are all exiles.

      • @Moody Thanks for info. Have never been able to track down Super 6 appearance info in one place. So, two have hit double figure starts and another couple not far off it, more than I thought.

  2. Feel bad for Norrie and Afshar (who has been great) but opportunity for others (no white line fever please Moby!) great to have Jonny Morris back he brings a bit of animal magic to the back row….

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