CARL HOGG has made one enforced change to the Scotland Under-20s team which picked up their first win of this Six Nations campaign against Wales last weekend ahead of the team’s trip south to take on England at Franklin’s Garden’s in Northampton on Friday night, with Edinburgh Accies youngster Jack Mann replacing the concussed Kwagga van Niekerk at No 8.
Sale Sharks prospect Teddy Leatherbarrow takes over from Mann on the bench, with the remaining 22 members of the squad unchanged.
After an 11 match losing streak against England between 2007 and 2016, Scotland have come out on top in two out of the last five meetings between the two countries, including a sensational win at Myreside last year. And the current crop of players will also take confidence from their recent Wales success, in which they showed real maturity in both attack and defence.
England are clearly beatable, having already lost twice in this campaign to Ireland and Wales, but both those games were away from home and they have looked for more commanding against France and Italy on their own patch. Scotland have never beaten England on English soil at this level, so it is going to be a huge challenge.
“We were happy with the way in which we executed our game plan against Wales last weekend,” said head coach Hogg. “I thought the boys’ attitude and approach to the match was excellent and we scored some really well-worked tries on the night.
“England have a tough, athletic pack and will want to finish their 2019 campaign on a high, but we’ve trained really well this week and the squad are looking forward to the challenge that awaits us at Franklin’s Gardens this Friday night.”
“Jack is a big strong physical ball carrier and adds some further balance to our pack,” added Hogg.
Scotland Under-20 (versus England at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday – kick-off 7.45pm): Matt Davidson (London Scottish); Rory McMichael (Heriot’s), Cameron Anderson (Wasps), Robbie McCallum (Complutense Cisneros), Jack Blain (Heriot’s); Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks), Roan Frostwick (Currie Chieftains); Murphy Walker (Stirling County), Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), Euan McLaren (Ayr), Ewan Johnson (Racing 92), Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), Connor Boyle (Watsonians)©, Jack Mann (Edinburgh Accies). Substitutes: Angus Fraser (Glasgow Hawks), Andrew Nimmo (Glasgow Hawks), Will Hurd (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Ross Bundy (Stirling County), Teddy Leatherbarrow (Sale Sharks), Murray Scott (Watsonians), Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol Bears), Ollie Smith (Ayr).