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Scotland U20 December Training Squad

Mark Bennett
Mark Bennett - pic courtesy SRU

Ten players who were involved with Scotland under-20 last year return to the age-grade set up as Sean Lineen’s side gather for their second training camp of the season.

Preparations are stepping up for the national under-20 team with the first competitive fixture in the RBS 6 Nations, against England, just two months away.  (Friday, 1 February, 2013.)

Among those involved in the set-up will be Glasgow Warriors Elite Development Players Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe, alongside Warriors teammate Mark Bennett who joined the Glasgow set-up on loan from French side Clermont Auvergne in November and is in action this weekend in the British and Irish Cup.

Elite Development players from Edinburgh Rugby, Sam-Hidalgo Clyne, Jamie Farndale and Phil Cringle are also involved as is Italian-born Tommy Allan, the Western Province back, whose uncle John Allan represented Scotland.

Scottish Exiles also feature with JJ Kilmartin from Bath, Sale’s Will Bordill, Leeds’ Ben Cooper and Murdo McAndrew from Clermont all involved for the December camp.

Scotland U20

Sean Lineen – Head Coach

Simon Cross (Edinburgh Accies) – Assistant Coach

John Dalziel (Melrose) – Assistant Coach

Full list of selected players for the Scotland under-20 camp: Tommy Allan (Western Province), Russell Anderson (Gala), Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors / Stirling County), Chris Auld (Gala), Christopher Barnes (Glasgow Hawks), Mark Bennett (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County), Calum Black (Edinburgh Accies), Will Bordill (Sale), Keith Buchan (Boroughmuir), Cameron Calder (Western Province), Sam Chalmers (Melrose), Philip Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby / Douglas), Ben Cooper (Leeds Carnegie), Rhys Davies (Currie), Ed Farquaharson (Aberdeen Grammar), Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Rugby / Edinburgh Accies), Robbie Fergusson (Ayr), Stewart Graham (Hawick), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors / Currie), Thomas Hancock (Edinburgh University), Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby / Heriot’s), Damian Hoyland (Boroughmuir), Blair Hutchison (Melrose / Loughborough Students), JJ Kilmartin (Bath), Ruaridh Leishman (Stirling County), James Malcolm (GHA), Murdo McAndrew (Clermont Auvergne), Grant McConnell (Bath / Millfield), Shawn Muir (Hawick), Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies), Alistair Price (Bedford Blues), D’arcy Rae (Ayr / Whitecraigs), Tommy Spinks (London Scottish), Cameron Turner (Aberdeen Grammar), Aaron Welsh (Edinburgh Accies) and Rhuraidh Young (Edinburgh Accies).

Scotland under-20 RBS 6 Nations Home Ties

v Italy U20
Friday 8 February, 2013

v Ireland U20
Friday 22 February, 2013

v Wales U20
Friday 8 March, 2013

6 Responses

  1. Hi Rory,

    Rhys Davies named above is jointly registered with Loughborough Students and Currie

  2. Really excited to see Mark Bennett play, has Scotland finally found a bit of talent at centre. I do like Scott and Dunbar but this guy looks electric!

  3. Watched Bennett play for county against Dundee HSFP few weeks back. Give this boy time to develop, at the moment he’s good but does not stand out so much that people should be talking of capping him

    1. Thats fair, it seems the way that youngsters get forced up to early and seem to lack the confidence they play with at club level.
      I noticed that when Hogg started he was running such good lines but after a couple of games for scotland he started to hang back more. I hope that’s just me being parinoid but I deffintly get where you re comming from.

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