Scotland have named their squad for the forthcoming U20 Six Nations, with new Head Coach selecting a 32-man squad.
The squad features 23 players who are yet to appear at U20 level, while there are nine players currently plying their trade in England.
Sale Sharks are represented by two players in the squad, former Kirkham Grammar flanker Teddy Leatherbarrow and hooker Ewan Ashman. Also in the forward pack are Leicester Tigers’ Sam Grahamslaw, Cardiff Met Uni’s Will Hurd, and Durham University’s former Sedbergh back former, Jack Hill.
In the backline Bristol Bears’ Nathan Chamberlain will compete with Ross Thompson for the fly half berth, while Wasps’ Cameron Anderson is also included, as is Hill’s Durham University teammate Jacob Lineen and London Scottish fullback Matt Davidson.
There are also a trio of players selected from overseas, including Ewan Johnson who is at Racing 92 in Paris, Cristen van Niekerk at the Lions in South Africa, and centre Robbie McCallum, who is at Complutense Cisneros in Spain.
Commenting on the squad, Carl Hogg said:
“We have chosen a well-rounded squad with talented players across the board. There are plenty of young, exciting players stepping up to U20 level for the first time in their careers and we hope that they can make a positive impact on the upcoming Six Nations Championship.”
“We’ve prepared well and the focus is fully on facing Italy next week. There’s still work to be done but we’ve got every confidence in this year’s squad.”
Scotland U20 6 Nations Squad:
Andrew Nimmo (Glasgow Hawks), Murphy Walker (Stirling County), Sam Grahamslaw (Leicester Tigers), Will Hurd (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Euan McLaren (Ayr), Angus Fraser (Glasgow Hawks), Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest), Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), Ewan Johnson (Racing 92), Teddy Leatherbarrow (Sale Sharks), Connor Boyle (Watsonians), Jack Hill (Durham Univeristy), Jack Mann (Edinburgh Accies), Cristen van Niekerk (Lions), Ross Bundy (Stirling County).
Kyle McGhie (Musselburgh), Roan Frostwick (Currie Chieftains), Murray Scott (Watsonians), Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks), Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol Bears), Andrew Jardine (Melrose), Cameron Anderson (Wasps), Grant Hughes (Stirling County), Robbie McCallum (Complutense Cisneros), Ollie Smith (Ayr), Jacob Lineen (Durham University), Matt Davidson (London Scottish), Jack Blain (Heriot’s), Rory McMichael (Heriot’s), Rufus McLean (Watsonians).
Scotland U20 6 Nations Fixtures:
Italy – Friday 1st Feb, Netherdale, Galashiels, 7.30pm
Ireland – Friday 8th Feb, Netherdale, Galashiels, 7.30pm
France – Friday 22nd Feb, Stade du Hameau, Pai, 8pm
Wales – Friday 8th Mar, Meggetland, Edinburgh, 7.30pm
England – Friday 15th Mar, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton, 7.45pm