Scott Wins Captaincy For Argentina

Currie hooker Fergus Scott will add to a month of highs when he leads his country against Argentina for the first time tomorrow.

Brother to Scotland centre Matt, Fergus signed his first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors at the tail end of May, where he will train and be available for selection.

His latest fillip is to captain Scotland under-20 in their final pool match, in the IRB Junior World Championship, at the University of the Western Cape (kick-off 1.45pm UK time).  The team will look to build on Friday’s 29-30 defeat to France and record their first win of the campaign.

Head coach Peter Wright has made nine personnel changes to the team, most notably replacing the front-row in the pack. He gives Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County) his first outing since arriving in South Africa at loosehead and brings Scott into hooker and Gavin Robertson (Dundee HSFP) into the tighthead berth.

Boroughmuir centre Keith Buchan also comes in for his first start and Ayr’s Robbie Fergusson is named on the bench.

Wright said: “We need to keep a balance this week because we want to keep the momentum going, but we are also conscious that a number of the players have played two games in five days already.

“We want to use as many of the squad of 28 as we can so I have named a team with new faces in it that I believe can keep improving, and a strong bench which we can call on when needed.

“Mark Bennett has a minor shoulder knock and Will Bordill’s tackle count in the last two games has been huge so we have chosen to rest them. We're bringing in Keith Buchan and Alex Henderson who have both had good seasons at their clubs. Keith is still young and is likely to be involved next year too.

“Finally, I have chosen Fergus as captain because he is a natural leader, who has a presence among the players and talks at the right times on the pitch. For me he was an obvious candidate to take the captain’s armband.”

The Scots put in a much improved performance against France on Friday, notching up two quality tries from Harry Leonard and Jamie Farndale and an additional penalty try. However, despite their valiant effort they conceded a fourth try in the dying minutes and the balance shifted back to the French.

It will be a tough task to win against Argentina as they come off the back of two wins against France (18-15) and Australia (15-3) respectively.

Scotland under-20 team to face Argentina under-20 on Tuesday 12 June 2012 in the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa:

15 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby, Heriot’s)

14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Rugby / Edinburgh Accies)
13 Keith Buchan (Boroughmuir)
12 Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors / Falkirk)
11 Tom Steven (Glasgow Hawks)

10 Tommy Allan (Western Province)
9 Matt Torrance (Ospreys)

1 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County)
2 Fergus Scott (Glasgow Warriors / Currie)
3 Gavin Robertson (Dundee HSFP)
4 Stuart Smith (Aberdeen Grammar)
5 Andrew Redmayne (Dundee HSFP)
6 Gary Graham (Gala)
7 Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir)
8 Mitch Eadie (Bristol Rugby)
16 George Turner (Edinburgh Rugby / Stewart’s Melville)
17 Alex  Allan (Edinburgh Rugby / Loughborough Students)
18 Robin Hislop (Edinburgh Rugby / Boroughmuir)
19 Jamie Swanson (Boroughmuir)
20 Callum Reid (Edinburgh Accies)
21 Murray McConnell (Glasgow Warriors / Ayr)
22 Harry Leonard (Edinburgh Rugby)
23 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)