Scotland Under-18 squad for Six Nations Festival named

Youngsters set to play three matches in Wales over ten days

Rory Darge Scotland Under-18s
Rory Darge, who represented Scotland Under-20s during their recent Six Nations campaign, will add experience to the younger age-group. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby / SNS Group

A 26-player Scotland squad to play in the inaugural Six Nations Under-18 Festival in Wales, which kicks off on Saturday, has been named. The young Scots will play three games in eight days against England on Saturday, France next Wednesday and Ireland the following Sunday; while Wales and Italy are also in the competition.

The young Scots have played two warm-up matches, losing 30-32 to Wales and then 0-64 to England. Back-rows Rory Darge and Connor Boyle, who missed those games because they were involved in the Scotland Under-20 set-up’s Six Nations campaign, will add their experience of that older age-grade to this squad.

Dan Lancaster, son of former of former England head coach Stuart, is also selected.

“We’re looking forward to travelling to Wales later this week to compete in the Six Nations U18 Festival,” said Scotland Under-18 Head Coach Iain Monaghan. “We have three tough games and we’ll be aiming to make further progress following matches against Wales and England earlier this month. It’s a great opportunity for our players to play against top level opposition away from home and for us to build on what we’ve been working on.”


Scotland U18 Wales Festival Squad (29 March – 8 April 2018) –


Thomas Jeffrey * (Peebles)

Mak Wilson * (Duns)

Daniel Gamble * (Kelso / Merchiston Castle School)

Alex Pleasants (The Henley College / Wasps)

Rory Jackson (Edinburgh Academy)

Scott Clelland* (Ayr)

Cameron Henderson * (Strathallan School)

Cameron Brown (Kelso)

Jack Hill (Sedbergh School)

Tom Morris (Dollar Academy)

Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie / Hymers College)

Gavin Wilson* (Dumfries Saints)

Connor Boyle* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewart’s Meville RFC)

Rory Darge* (Borders College / Melrose)


 Kristian Kay (Stowe School / Wasps)

Jamie Dobie* (Merchiston Castle School)

Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol / SGS College)

Robbie McCallum* (Loretto School)

Dan Lancaster (Yorkshire Carnegie / Bishop Burton College)

Scott Robeson (George Heriot’s School)

Paul Cunningham (George Watson’s College)

Jack Blain* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewarts Melville RFC)

Matthew Currie (Merchiston Castle School)

Rufus McLean (Merchiston Castle School)

Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s, York)

Femi Sofolarin (Dulwich College / Harlequins)

Scotland Under-18s Fixtures –

Saturday, 31 March, Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach (Caerphilly)

12 noon: Scotland v England

2.30pm: Wales v France

5.00pm: Ireland v Italy

Wednesday, 4 April, Cardiff Arms Park 

12noon: Italy v England

2.30pm: Ireland v Wales

5.00pm: France v Scotland

Sunday, 8 April Cardiff Arms Park

12noon: Ireland v Scotland

2.30pm: Italy v Wales

5.00pm: France v England

Steep learning curve for Scotland Under-18s against English counterparts


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  1. Congratulations to all players selected, irrespective of their background. Congratulations too, to all those coaches and parents who helped them get this far. The fact that George Watson’s (unbeaten winners of their league) and Strathallan (winners of “the” Cup) have only one representative in the squad each suggests to me that the net has been cast pretty far and wide, both domestically and in terms of SQ players in England. Hard luck on those not selected but good luck to the entire squad for the tournament.

  2. John how about the Stirling players. Undefeated in leagues for three years 3 Scottish Cup wins in a row.
    No players in a squad beaten by 64 points it’s a poor joke.

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