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Lineen rings changes for Ireland clash

Published: 22 Feb 2013 07:300 comments

SCOTLAND under-20 will be looking to follow up their 30-17 victory over Italy with another win this tonight (Friday) February, kick-off 7.30pm, admission free, at Netherdale, when they take on their Irish counterparts.

Robbie Fergusson v Italy at Netherdale a week past Friday.

Head coach, Sean Lineen has named four changes to the starting line-up for the team's third under-20 6 Nations clash, as well as a debut appearance on the bench for GHA's hooker James Malcolm.

The personnel changes in the starting XV are Ruaridh Young at full-back, he comes in for Keith Buchan who drops to the bench; Robbie Fergusson who makes his first start of the campaign in the centre with Mark Bennett training with the Glasgow Warriors this week; Russell Anderson drops out of the squad, carrying a knee injury, and is replaced by Callum Black in the number two jersey and Alex Henderson makes his first start on the blindside flank in place of Tommy Spinks who drops to the bench.

Lineen said: "The changes we have made for the Ireland match reflect the way we want to play against them. They will be a strong and physical opposition with a dangerous back line, who'll look to cause us problems.

"However, I have once again been really impressed with the attitude of our players. The changes also show the competition for places in this team.

"We played against Edinburgh University on Monday evening and the players were looking strong and off the back of that we will look to fine tune our tactics.

"We're looking forward to another big game down at Gala and hopefully a bumper crowd."

Scotland under-20 team to play Ireland under-20 on Friday 22 February at Netherdale, Galashiels, kick-off 7.30pm:



15 Ruaridh Young (Edinburgh Accies)


14 Damien Hoyland (Boroughmuir)


13 *Chris Auld (Gala)


12 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)


11 Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s / Stirling County)

10 Tommy Allan (unattached)


9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby / Heriot's)



1 *Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County)


2 Callum Black (Edinburgh Accies)


3 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby / Stewart's-Melville FP)


4 Adam Sinclair (Perpignan)

5 Jonny Gray (captain) (Glasgow Warriors / Currie)


6 Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir)


7 Will Bordill (Sale Sharks)


8 Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors / Stirling County)



Replacements:


16 *James Malcolm (GHA)


17 Shawn Muir (Hawick)


18 *D'arcy Rae (Ayr)


19 Ruaridh Leishman (Edinburgh Accies)


20 Tommy Spinks (London Scottish)


21 Ali Price (Bedford Blues)


22 Alex Hagart (Aberdeen Grammar)


23 Keith Buchan (Boroughmuir)



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