Edinburgh Rugby represented in U20 World Cup

Some four Edinburgh Rugby elite development players and two of next season's signings have been named in the Scotland under-20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand this summer.

Magnus Bradbury (back-row) [pictured], Jamie Farndale (wing), Phil Cringle (prop) and back-row Neil Irvine-Hess will be joined on the tour by two promising, young inbound backs signed to the senior squad: Chris Dean (centre) and Damien Hoyland (wing).

The squad of 28 features a mix of experience – Farndale is selected for his third tournament – and youth – in the shape of this season’s Scotland under-18 captain, back row Jamie Ritchie – for the championships in which they are pooled with the hosts, South Africa and Samoa.

Lineen said: “We selected the squad on what was best for Scottish Rugby and the development of the under-20 programme – we have to look back at the 6 Nations and we’ve learnt from that. I think they’ve improved a huge amount, on and off the field. 

“It’s great to be able to call on the Scotland 7s guys. Chris Dean came on and scored a great try – he’s a quality player.”

Lineen is quick to stress the improvements, both on and off the field, shown by the entire squad since the first selection camp back in October.

He said: “The core of the group is really young guys who hadn’t experienced that level of analysis, of training, day in day out, and they found that quite difficult for their bodies.

"The difference in conditioning – from the guys who are playing at EDP level to the guys who are playing second team club rugby – was huge. It was tough to try to get that level of intensity but they never gave up and they never lost faith.

“We’ve got a tough group [in New Zealand] but it’s a hugely exciting opportunity – to play New Zealand in their back yard, and South Africa and Samoa too.

We have to make sure we go out there as well prepared as we can be and just try as hard as we can – and surprise them.”

Squad members have been training every Wednesday with the Glasgow and Edinburgh Elite Development Players, since a challenging 6 Nations ended in mid March, prior to last week’s camp.

Next week they’ll be decamping to the army base at Penicuik to be put through their paces before continuing to Peebles for some team building.

Preparations continue on Sunday 11 May with a match against Ireland at Murrayfield (kick-off 11.30, back pitches), prior to travelling to Wales for a further fixture against their counterparts.

The squad sets off for the southern hemisphere on 24 May, arriving in Auckland two days later.

Scotland under-20 squad for IRB Junior World Cup

Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir/Edinburgh Rugby) **, Lewis Carmichael (Melrose) *, Ben Chalmers (Melrose), Gabriel Carroll (Loughborough University), Jack Cosgrove (Worcester Warriors), Andrew Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar), Philip Cringle (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **, Chris Dean (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks), Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby), Cameron Fenton (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife), Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s), Neil Herron (Glasgow Hawks/Scotland 7s), Damien Hoyland (Melrose) *, Rory Hutchison (Northampton Saints), Blair Hutchinson (Loughborough University/Melrose), Neil Irvine-Hess (Edinburgh Rugby) **, Sam James (London Wasps), Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors) **, James Malcolm (Ayr) *, Gavin Parker (Exeter University), Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies), D’arcy Rae (Ayr/Glasgow Warriors) **, Jamie Ritchie (Howe of Fife) *, Tommy Spinks (London Scottish) (captain), Ben Vellacott (Hartpury/Gloucester), Glen Young (Newcastle Falcons), Ruairidh Young (Edinburgh Accies).

* member of Scottish Rugby’s Regional Academy supported by sportscotland Institute of  Sport  

**Elite Development Player 2013/14

The IRB Junior World Cup 2014 (Auckland, New Zealand)

Scotland’s pool games are against South Africa (Monday 2 June, k/o 3.35pm local); Samoa (Friday 6 June, k/o 3.35pm local); and New Zealand (Wednesday 10 June, k/o 7.35pm local). Further fixtures on Sunday 15 June and Friday 20 June are dependent on results. Last year, Scotland finished in 10th place in the tournament.