Scotland have named their side to face England in their final pool game of the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championships.
It has been a tough campaign so far for Bryan Redpath’s side, they have lost their opening two games to Italy and Argentina, while England have beaten both. Scotland will go in with plenty of hope though, having beaten England in this year’s U20 Six Nations.
Following the slow start though, Redpath has shaken things up with twelve changes to the starting fifteen that faced Argentina on Sunday.
Hooker Robbie Smith comes back into the side and takes over the captaincy, Ross Dunbar and Finlay Richardson come in to prop either side of him.
In the second row Racing 92’s Ewan Johnson comes into the side alongside Heriot’s Charlie Jupp, who was on the bench last time out. Johnson is one of five Scottish Exiles in the starting side, with St Joseph’s College’s Marshall Sykes and Newcastle Falcons’ Guy Graham two of the others, packing down on either flank. They are two of the three players to start that started on Sunday, with Graham switching from openside to blindside and Sykes from the second row to the blindside flank. Watsonians’ James Miller is at number 8.
A fourth Exiles, Stade Francais’ Charlie Gowling, is at scrum half. The former Sedbergh star is partnered by Glasgow Hawks’ Ross Thompson at fly half. The fifth Exile in the side is Fraser Strachan, the Northampton Saints inside centre comes in for his first start of the tournament and partners Melrose’s Patrick Anderson.
It is a Glasgow Hawks wing pairing of Kyle Rowe and Sam Yawayawa, while Stirling County’s Logan Trotter moves from the wing to full back for thisone.
The bench sees Finlay Scott, Fin Hobbis, and Strathallan schoolboy Murphy Walker cover the front row, with Martin Hughes the second row. Northampton Saints Devante Onojaife will be the back row cover. Fellow Exile Charlie Chapman of Gloucester will cover scrum half, with Callum McLelland and Stafford McDowall, who captained the Scots in the first two games, looking after the rest of the back line.
Commenting on the team selection, Redpath, said: “We were obviously disappointed to fall short against Argentina on Sunday. It was a close, physical battle, that was probably a lot closer than the final score suggested.”
“There were a huge number of positives to take from the Argentina match; some of our attacking play was excellent, but we felt it was necessary to make changes heading into Thursday’s England fixture.”
“It’s going to be a tough match-up. England have shown their strength and depth in both of their wins over Argentina and Italy, but I’ve got every confidence that this group of players can compete and battle for the full 80 minutes.”
Scotland U20 v England U20: Thursday, 8pm (BST), Beziers – Live on www.worldrugby.org highlights on ITV 4.
Scotland U20 XV:
15 Logan Trotter (Stirling County)
14 Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)
13 Patrick Anderson (Melrose)
12 Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints)
11 Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)
10 Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)
9 Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais)
1 Ross Dunbar (Boroughmuir)
2 Robbie Smith (Ayr, captain)
3 Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)
4 Ewan Johnson (Racing Metro 92)
5 Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s)
6 Marshall Sykes (St Joseph’s College)
7 Guy Graham (Newcastle Falcons)
8 James Miller (Watsonians)
Replacements: 16 Finlay Scott (Jed Forest), 17 Finn Hobbis (Watsonians), 18 Murphy Walker (Strathallan School), 19 Martin Hughes (Heriot’s), 20 Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints), 21 Charlie Chapman (Gloucester), 22 Callum McLelland (Edinburgh), 23 Stafford McDowall (Ayr).
World Rugby U20 Championship Results:
Australia 54-19 Japan
New Zealand 42-10 Wales
Argentina 29-13 Scotland
England 43-5 Italy
France 24-12 Georgia
South Africa 30-17 Ireland
New Zealand 67-0 Japan
Wales 26-21 Australia
England 39-18 Argentina
Italy 27-26 Scotland
France 26-24 Ireland
South Africa 33-27 Georgia
World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures (All times BST):
Thursday 7th June:
Wales v Japan, 5.30pm, Perpignan
New Zealand v Australia, 8pm, Perpignan
Thursday 7th June:
Italy v Argentina, 5.30pm, Beziers
England v Scotland, 8pm, Beziers
Thursday 7th June:
Ireland v Georgia, 5.30pm, Narbonne
South Africa v France, 8pm, Narbonne
Semi Finals – Tuesday 12th June
2nd v 3rd – 6pm, Narbonne
1st v 4th – 8pm, Perpignan
6th v 7th – 1pm, Narbonne
5th v 8th – 3.30pm, Narbonne
10th v 11th – 3pm, Perpignan
9th v 12th – 5.30pm, Perpignan
Finals – Sunday 17th June
11th Place Play Off – 10am, Beziers
9th Place Play Off – 12.30pm, Beziers
5th Place Play Off – 1pm, Beziers
7th Place Play Off – 3pm, Beziers
3rd Place Play Off – 3.30pm, Beziers
Final – 6pm, Beziers