Scotland under-20 have made three personnel changes to the starting side ahead of their IRB Junior World Championship match tonight against England at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso (kick-off 5.10pm BST, live on Sky Sports 3 from 5pm).
The Scots went down 33-0 to a formidable South Africa side in their opening championship fixture but take confidence from the showing of their Irish counterparts who ran England close in the corresponding Pool fixture on the same night (33-25).
Scotland head coach Peter Wright said: “Ireland forced them to make a lot of errors so we have to make sure we put them under just as much pressure; we can do that in defence but the challenge for us is getting our attack working.
“We’ll adopt a similar tactic in this match; we need to keep the game alive.
“We won’t be looking to take them on physically but we need to keep the ball for longer periods, into the sixth phase, to allow us to manipulate their defence and allow our quick runners to take advantage of any mismatches that are created.”
Wright has been forced to shuffle his backs following the two-match suspension of full-back Stuart Hogg, having being cited for a dangerous tackle on South Africa stand-off Johan Goosen of which not much footage was available on the television.
The change sees Stirling County’s Glenn Bryce switch from the wing to the vacated full-back position (in which he operated during this season’s 6 Nations) and Kerr Gossman come on to the wing from the bench, having impressed as a replacement against the Boks.
In the forwards, Mitch Eadie and Hamish Watson come in as a straight swap for Jamie Swanson and Alex Spence in the back-row.
Although a couple of our team belong to pro teams or academies, England have put Owen Farrell put in at 10, the position he has played Premiership Rugby in all season. Tough test ahead, good luck to the boys.
Scotland U20s: Glenn Bryce (Stirling County), Sam Atkin (Edinburgh Accies), Mark Bennett (Clermont Auvergne), Danny Gilmour (Stirling County), Kerr Gossman (Glasgow Hawks), Duncan Weir CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Kennedy (Stirling County); Alex Allan (Loughborough University), David Cherry (Team Northumbria), Colin Phillips (Edinburgh Rugby/Stewart’s Melville), Mitchell Todd (Nottingham), Robert McAlpine (West of Scotland/Glasgow Warriors), Mitch Eadie (Boroughmuir), Hamish Watson (Leicester Tigers), James Tyas (Bath)
Substitutes: Richard Ferguson (Melrose), George Hunter (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Robin Hislop (Edinburgh Rugby/Boroughmuir), Jamie Swanson (Boroughmuir), Jamie Stevenson (Westcombe Park), Craig Jackson (Melrose), Grant Runciman (Melrose)
England U20s: Jonathan Joseph (London Irish); Marland Yarde (London Irish), Elliot Daly (London Wasps), Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby), Christian Wade (London Wasps); Owen Farrell (Saracens), Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby); Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Will Collier (Harlequins), Sam Twomey (Harlequins), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, cap), Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers), Sam Jones (London Wasps).
Subs: Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons), Chris Cook (Bath Rugby), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Ben Ransom (Saracens).
Tuesday 14 June, Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso, Italy. Kick-off 5.10pm BST, coverage live on Sky Sports 3 from 5pm.