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Four returners as Scotland look to defend U18 Six Nations Festival title

Four returners as Scotland look to defend U18 Six Nations Festival title

Four returners as Scotland look to defend U18 Six Nations Festival title

Ross Miller has selected his 26-man Scotland squad. Picture credit: Scottish Rugby

Four of Scotland’s victorious squad from last year’s event will be part of the 26-man group looking to defend their crown at the 2019 U18 Six Nations Festival.

Scotland triumphed at the inaugural Festival in 2018 as the only side to win each of their three games and Scott Clelland, Daniel Gamble, Jamie Dobie and Matthew Currie all return as they attempt to retain their title.

All six countries will play three games during the ten-day competition in England, with the first round of fixtures taking place at Hartpury College’s Gillman’s Ground on Saturday.

Matchday two is at Sixways Stadium next Wednesday, before Kingsholm Stadium – home of Gloucester – hosts the finale on Sunday April 21.

Scotland open up with a clash against Italy before taking on Wales and finally Ireland, with U18 head coach Ross Miller confident of Scottish success.

Miller said: “Preparation has gone very well, the squad are in a good place and very much looking forward to the festival.

“The squad are excited to face new challenges and will be looking for further opportunity to progress their development.”

Scotland U18 Six Nations Festival squad (April 13-21)

Forwards: Ben Mace (Stirling County), Jamie Drummond (Marr), Scott Clelland (Ayr)*, James Johnstone (Preston Lodge / Preston Lodge High School)*, Cole Lamberton (The Royal High School), Dan Gamble (Merchiston Castle School)*, Alex Samuel (Madras / St Leonards)*, Jamie Campbell (Kelvinside Academy), Struan Whittaker (Edinburgh Accies)*, Gregor Brown (Robert Gordon’s College)*, Josh King (Queen Victoria School / Stirling County)*, Rory Jackson (Kelvinside Academy)*, Ben Muncaster (Rugby School / Leicester Tigers), Harri Morris (George Watson’s College).

Backs: Jamie Dobie (Merchiston Castle School)*, Cameron Scott (Preston Lodge)*, Joseph Strain (Dumfries Saints), Alex Harley (George Watson’s College), Scott King (Heriot’s)*, Matthew Currie (Merchiston Castle School)*, Tom Jones (Bristol Bears / SGS Filton), Finlay Callaghan (GHK), Nathan Sweeney (Loretto School)*, Harry Paterson (Fettes College), Cameron Furley (Saracens Academy / St Albans School), Jordan Craig (Hamilton Bulls).

2019 U18 Six Nations Festival fixtures

Matchday one – Saturday 13 April

KO       Gillman’s Ground, Gloucester
12:10    England v Wales        
14:40    Ireland v France
17:10    Scotland v Italy

Matchday two – Wednesday 17 April

KO       Sixways Stadium, Worcester
11:10    France v Italy
13:40    Ireland v England
16:10    Wales v Scotland

Matchday three – Sunday 21 April

KO       Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
11:10    Scotland v Ireland
13.40    England v France
16:10    Italy v Wales