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Scotland U20 Team

Scotland U20 Team to face France U20
Backs: Tom Brown (Edinburgh Accies), Oliver Grove (Worcester Warriors), Jonny Kennedy (Sale Sharks), Alex Dunbar (Selkirk), Dougie Fife (Currie), Alex Blair (Edinburgh Accies), Alex Black (Leeds Carnegie)
Forwards: Craig Owensen (Heriot’s), Alun Walker (Currie), Colin Phillips (Stewart’s Melville), Robert Harley (West of Scotland), Grant Gilchrist (Stirling County), Michael Maltman (Heriot’s), David Denton (Edinburgh Accies), Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Watsonians)

Replacements: Lindsey Gibson (Melrose), George Hunter (Glasgow Hawks), Matthew Reid (Heriot’s), Callum Stidston-Nott (London Scottish), Kris Hamilton (Caithness), Matthew Scott (Currie), James Johnstone (Currie)

At Inverness Caledonian Stadium, Friday 5th February, 7.30pm

Both scrum halves are “local”, with Alex Black Inverness born and Kris Hamilton repping Caithness from “just” up the road. There are plenty of well-kent names on show, if not faces (brothers of Groves and Blairs, sons of Taits and Kennedys). Hopefully there will be a good turn out – your faithful SRBlog correspondent will be at this one although less hands-on than our correspondent in the Amateur International!

Speaking of Blairs, it seems that Mike Blair has rejected overtures from the likes of Worcester and Ulster to stick with Edinburgh for another 2 years. I suppose this means I take back what I said about him moving on being a good thing…

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  1. Would have liked to see Mike moving to Ulster or Worcester to freshen him up and to get Laidlaw and a youngster up to real speed at Edinburgh.

  2. Watched all international games this weekend and woud like to express serious concern about the advantage law. There needs to be an option for the team captain to take the penalty rather than play advantage, the French second try was score as a result of Scotland due a penalty and being given advantage which they got none of.

  3. Usually if the captain wants the penalty the scrum half will drop the ball. As our captain and scrum half are the same this should be no problem but there is horrible inconsistency in application of the advantage law. I think more worthy of examination is the amount of time the ball is allowed to hang around in the back of rucks…

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