Scotland under-20 will welcome back Glasgow Warriors centre, Mark Bennett, from duties with the pro-side, and Gala hooker Russell Anderson from injury, for Friday’s last home U20 6 Nations match against Wales in Inverness (8 March, kick-off 7.35pm, Admission FREE).
Head coach Sean Lineen is forced to replace scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne who suffered a leg injury in their victory against Ireland two weeks ago. As a result, Ali Price starts at scrum-half and Leicester Tigers half-back Scott Steele, comes in on the bench. Also making his first start of the tournament is prop Shawn Muir while Caledonia’s Cameron Turner returns on the bench.
Lineen said: “Friday’s game is going to be a big challenge, but this group of players currently has momentum and belief and they are desperate to do well.
“This is a chance to measure ourselves against the only unbeaten team in the 6 Nations so far, and they are also in our Junior World Championship pool.
“Wales have a big set-piece and they are talented ball players. It’s imperative that we’re disciplined and focused on Friday.
“We’re looking forward to the trip to Inverness and hope we’ll have a big support behind us.”
Stirling County hooker Reyner Kennedy will travel as 24th man.
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The under-20 match will be broadcast live tonight on S4C which can be found on channel 167 (Virgin Media), 120 (Freesat) and 134 (Sky), with an English language version available on the red button.
Scotland under-20 team to play Wales under-20 on Friday 8 March at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness, kick-off 7.35pm (admission free):
15 Ruaridh Young (Edinburgh Accies)
14 Damien Hoyland (Boroughmuir)
13 *Chris Auld (Gala)
12 Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s / Stirling County)
10 Tommy Allan (unattached)
9 Ali Price (Bedford Blues)
1 Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2 *Russell Anderson (Gala)
3 *D’arcy Rae (Ayr)
4 Ruaridh Leishman (Edinburgh Accies)
5 Jonny Gray (captain) (Glasgow Warriors / Currie)
6 Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir)
7 Will Bordill (Sale Sharks)
8 Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors / Stirling County)
16 Callum Black (Edinburgh Accies)
17 *Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County)
18 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby / Stewart’s-Melville FP)
19 Andrew Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar – late replacement for Cameron Turner)
20 Tommy Spinks (London Scottish)
21 Scott Steele (Leicester Tigers)
22 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)
23 Keith Buchan (Boroughmuir)