Scotland named a 40-man U18 squad of the Christmas period as Head Coach Ross Miller led a training camp ahead of the new year.
It was the first of a number of training camps ahead of the U18 Six Nations Festival in April, which takes place in France this time, with Scotland set to face Italy, England, and France. Prior to that, though, Scotland will host England in March.
The 40 man squad is made up of 19 backs and 21 forwards, and five are at schools in England, which further Scottish Qualified players likely to be added as the age-grade international season develops.
Of the five, four are from the two most dominant rugby schools in the north of England in the last few years and all four play for Sale Sharks U18. Up front are the Kirkham Grammar School pair Corey Bowker and Oliver Leatherbarrow, while in the backline are Sedbergh’s Murray Redpath and Cameron Melville, both of whom have brothers that have represented England at varying levels. Also joining the Kirkham and Sedbergh stars is Moulton College’s Olly Frostick, who plays for Northampton Saints U18.
Of the Scottish schools, Stewart’s Melville College are the most represented, with five players included, Michael Jones, Duncan Hood, Robert Gordon, Christian Townsend, and Matthew Russell.
Dollar Academy are also well represented, with four players in the squad, Ben Salmon, Ross McKnight, Michael Gray, and Max Williamson. Earlston High School and High School of Glasgow each have three players in the squad, Keiran Clarke, Roly Brett, and Sam Derrick representing Earlston, and Graeme Macdonald, Luke Armstrong, and John Patterson from Glasgow.
The only other schools with multiple representatives are Strathallan, George Watson’s College, and Merchiston Castle, each with two players in the squad.
Speaking to Scottish Rugby about the squad, Ross Miller said:
“The management team and I are really looking forward to the U18 programme and eager to get started with a group containing many FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy supported players, representing the work done in the club and school game. We are excited by the initial training group we have brought together and want to see how they embrace their first opportunity in Largs.”
Scotland U18 Training Squad
Michael Jones (Stewart Melville College)
Tom Banatalava (Fettes College)
Olly Frostick (Moulton College/Northampton Saints)
Patrick Harrison (Peebles RFC)
Duncan Hood (Stewart’s Melville College)
Archie Bogle (Duns RFC)
Gregor Scougall (George Watson’s College)
Corey Bowker (Kirkham Grammar/Sale Sharks)
Alex Samuel (Madras College/Stirling County RFC)
Max Williamson (Dollar Academy)
Callum Anderson (George Heriot’s)
Rudi Brown (Merchiston Castle)
John Patterson (High School of Glasgow)
Cameron Young (Ayr RFC)
Oliver Leatherbarrow (Kirkham Grammar School/Sale Sharks)
Corey Tait (Hawick HS/Hawick RFC)
Ruairidh Airlie (Cumnock RFC)
Sam Derrick (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC)
Charles Wall (Strathallan)
Teddy Thomson (Merchiston Castle)
Robert Gordon (Stewart’s Melville College)
Finlay Troup (Robert Gordon’s College)
Cameron Scott (Watsonians)
Murray Redpath (Sedbergh/Sale Sharks)
Euan Cunningham (Stirling County RFC)
Christian Townsend (Stewart’s Melville College)
Matthew Russell (Stewart’s Melville College)
Luke Armstrong (High School of Glasgow)
Daniel Troup (Edinburgh Academy)
Michael Gray (Dollar Academy)
Roly Brett (Earlston High School/Melrose RFC)
Thomas Glendinning (Kirkcaldy RFC)
Graeme Macdonald (High School of Glasgow)
Cameron Melville (Sedbergh/Sale Sharks)
Ross McKnight (Dollar Academy)
Ryan Daley (George Watson’s College)
Ben Pickles (Dunbar Grammar/Preston Lodge RFC)
Keiran Clarke (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC)
Ben Salmon (Dollar Academy)
Andy Stirrat (Strathallan)