Scotland’s under-20 side travel to Colwyn Bay tomorrow ahead of their final 6 Nations fixture (14 March, kick-off 7pm) with minimal differences to the starting XV that performed well in last weekend’s narrow defeat to France.
pic: Andy Cramond, scorer of one of Scotland's tries last weekend against the French
Changes to the half-back partnership see Gavin Lowe and Ben Vellacott come off the bench to start at stand-off and scrum half respectively while, in the front row, James Malcolm moves from hooker to prop, replacing Jack Cosgrove, with Sam James taking over the number 2 jersey.
Meanwhile prop/hooker Cameron Fenton, scrum half Sean Yacoubian, stand-off George Horne and full back/wing Angus Rennie come on to the bench.
Of the changes, head coach Sean Lineen said: “Ben Chalmers [stand-off] needs to be rested – he’s a young lad and has done very well. We lost Jack Cosgrove to an injury in training but it gives another couple of guys the chance to step up.”
Last weekend’s fixture saw the young Scots run the much-fancied French close, with the visitors to Netherdale edging the win by just five points, their narrowest margin of victory in the tournament to date. Lineen said:
The belief is coming for our guys. We still lost the match but parts of our game are up to scratch. We’re looking to have gained a lot of confidence after last weekend.”
Their Welsh opponents have won two and lost two in the championship to date and go into the game off last Friday’s 67-7 loss to England.
Lineen added: “We know how difficult this game is going to be and I expect the guys to front up. We need to play the game in the right area, get the set piece right and have to keep striving to improve.
“The guys are looking to get involved in the Junior World Championship squad and they’ll be fighting hard to make an impact.”
Scotland under-20 team to play Wales under-20, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, kick-off 7pm
15 Damien Hoyland (Melrose) *
14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
13 Blair Hutchison (Melrose/ Loughborough Univiversity)
12 Ruairidh Young (Edinburgh Accies)
11 Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies)
10 Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors) **
9 Ben Vellacott (Gloucester/Hartpury)
1 James Malcolm (Ayr) *
2 Sam James (London Wasps)
3 D’arcy Rae (Ayr) **
4 Andrew Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar)
5 Lewis Carmichael (Melrose) *
6 Tommy Spinks (captain) (London Scottish)
7 Gabriel Carroll (Loughborough University)
8 Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir/Edinburgh Rugby) **
16 Isaac Miller (Loughborough University)
17 Cameron Fenton (Strathallan/Howe of Fife) *
18 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
19 Glen Young (Newcastle Falcons)
20 Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians/Edinburgh Rugby) **
21 Sean Yacoubian (Glasgow Hawks)
22 George Horne (Currie) *
23 Angus Rennie (Aberdeen Grammar) *
* member of Scottish Rugby’s Regional Academy supported by sportscotland Institute of Sport
** Elite Development Player 2013/14