Six changes to U18 Men for France encounter

Six changes to U18 Men for France encounter

Scotland U18 Men Head Coach Ross Miller has made six changes to his starting lineup for their second U18 Six Nations Festival match against France U18 tomorrow (kick off 1pm) – live on the Scottish Rugby website.

Hooker Joe Roberts picked up an injury in the match against Ireland, and will miss the rest of the festival. He has been replaced in the squad by Oliver McKenna.

Loosehead prop Keita Ando and hooker Seb Stephen come into the starting front row, with Ollie Blyth-Lafferty retaining his place at tighthead prop.

Bart Godsell is selected in the second row and joins Charlie Moss, and in the back row Nick Torkington will start at blindside flanker, joining openside flanker Freddy Douglas and Ollie Duncan, who moves to number 8.

Hector Patterson and Isaac Coates keep their places in the half-backs, whilst Jack Hocking comes into the team at inside centre to partner up with Johnny Ventisei.

Fergus Watson moves from right to left wing, and Sam Leweni comes into the starting team at right wing. Completing the back three is Jack Brown at full back, who will captain the side once more.

Ross said: “We’ve trained well since our match against Ireland and we’re looking forward to another opportunity to test ourselves at this level.

“The players have learned a lot from the first match and we will be looking to continue our progress in the match against France tomorrow.

“We know the French offer a different challenge and they produced an impressive performance in their victory against England in game one, but we will look to keep improving our performances and developing as a team.”

Scotland U18 Men team to play France U18 at Energia Park, Dublin in the 2023 U18 Six Nations Festival (kick off 1pm) – live on the Scottish Rugby website

15. Jack Brown CAPTAIN (George Watson’s College)

14. Sam Leweni (Queen Victoria School)
13. Johnny Ventisei (St Aloysius/GHA RFC)
12. Jack Hocking (Edinburgh Rugby)
11. Fergus Watson (Biggar RFC)

10. Isaac Coates (Merchiston Castle)
9. Hector Patterson (Hawick RFC)

1. Keita Ando (SC Frankfurt 1880/Sedbergh)
2. Seb Stephen (Glenalmond College/Aberdeen Grammar RFC)
3. Ollie Blyth-Lafferty (Boroughmuir RFC)
4. Bart Godsell (Gloucester Academy/Marling)
5. Charlie Moss (Marlow Rugby/Shiplake College/Wasps)
6. Nick Torkington (Stirling County RFC)
7. Freddy Douglas (Stewart’s Melville College)
8. Ollie Duncan (Edinburgh Academy)


16. Oliver McKenna (St Aloysius)
17. Finlay Mcintosh (George Watson’s College)
18. Ben White (Peebles RFC)
19. Fraser Wilson (Gala RFC)
20. Finn Spurway (Glenalmond College)
21. Fergus Wood (George Heriot’s School)
22. Hugo Alderson (Stewart’s Melville College)
23. Matthew Urwin (St Aloysius)
24. Lloyd McEwan-Peters (Yorkshire Academy/Wellington College)
25. Thomas Russell (Stewart’s Melville College)
26. Samuel Rockley (London Irish/Bishop Wand/London Irish Academy)

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