2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Scotland U20 Six Nations Under 20

U20 Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

Ireland’s only successful Six Nations side last weekend have remained largely unchanged for their second round match against Scotland U20 on Friday night at Netherdale, Galashiels. Kick off 7:30 pm. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any live coverage planned at the minute.

Unsurprisingly there are few changes. Cormac Foley, who scored the winner against England, is the only change to the starting line up, coming in at scrum half for the injured Craig Casey. Foley is replaced on the bench by Colm Reilly and Luke Masters comes in for  Ryan Lomas as one of the replacement props.

Once again, Banbridge’s David McCann is Ulster’s only representative, as back row replacement, and former Ulster U19 player, John McKee, who is now with Leinster Academy, is also on the bench as replacement hooker.

It was mixed fortunes for the sides on the opening weekend. Ireland upset all predictions with their bonus point win against England and Scotland lost at home to Italy, in what over the years has been the traditional wooden spoon match in this competition. With France beating Wales, the table for this competition looks like this after the first round. 

France U20112215
Italy U20111015
Ireland U2011815
England U2010(8)00
Scotland U2010(10)00
Wales U2010(22)00

Ireland go into the game as clear favourites, but nothing is certain at this level and team’s performances can change dramatically. Ireland won this fixture last season but Scotland handed out a bit of a thrashing when they last met, in the U20 world Championship over the summer. There is also the chance that Ireland have got their big result and they may not be fully focused for this one!

However, the Irish camp need a good run of form, after two disappointing seasons on the U20 circuit, so I expect they will remain focused and that should be enough to make it two wins from two.

Rufus McLean15Jake Flannery
Rory McMichael14Conor Philips
Cameron Anderson13Liam Turner
Robbie McCallum12David Hawkshaw
Jack Blain11Jonathan Wren
Ross Thompson10Harry Byrne
Roan Frostwick9Cormac Foley
Sam Grahamslaw1Josh Wycherley
Ewan Ashman2Dylan Tierney-Martin
Murphy Walker3Tom Clarkson
Cameron Henderson4Charlie Ryan
Ewan Johnson5Niall Murray
Charlie Jupp6Martin Moloney
Connor Boyle7Scott Penny
Cristen van Niekerk8John Hodnett
Angus Fraser16John McKee
Andrew Nimmo17Michael Milne
Euan McLaren18Luke Masters
Ross Bundy19Brian Deeney
Jack Mann20David McCann
Kyle McGhie21Colm Reilly
Nathan Chamberlain22Sean French
Matt Davidson23Rob Russell

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