Six Edinburgh EDPs called up to Scotland U19

Six of Edinburgh Rugby's newly aligned elite development players have been named, by Scotland under-18 head coach Eddie Pollock, in a national U19 select to face Romania in two matches in Bucharest next month.

The games follow what was considered a hugely beneficial under-19 fixture against Australia Schools in November, and have been arranged to help bridge the gap between the U18 FIRA-AER European Championships and the beginning of the international under-20 programme that starts in September.

The squad will meet for two training sessions at BT Murrayfield Stadium next Sunday 6 and 13 August, before spending a week in Bucharest from Monday 18 August.

Scotland under-20 head coach Sean Lineen will also travel as team manager to cast an eye over the young players coming under his stewardship after the summer.

Pollock, said: "This is a new extension to the under-18 programme.

"The camp will help to extend the focus for the players' training, both for their continuation into the under-20 programme and to get them in the best possible condition to return to, or join, a club and compete for a place in the first team.”

Game one: Wednesday 20 August – Romania U19 v Scotland U19

Game two: Sunday 24 August – Romania U19 v Scotland U19


Forwards: Lewis Anderson (Marr/Ayr), Scott Burnside * (Heriot's), Scott Cummings ** (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Andrew Davidson ** (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Dan Elkington (Sedbergh School), Callum Hunter-Hill * (Stewart's Melville College), Jake Kerr (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians), Murray McCallum * (Dunfermline), Ally Miller ** (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians), Gary Robertson (Gala), Callum Sheldon ** (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians), Matthew Smith ** (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County) Lewis Wynne (Stirling County).

Backs: James Couper * (Stirling County), Hugh Fraser ** (Edinburgh Rugby/Heriot's), Ruairi Howarth ** (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala), Josh Laird (Heriot's), Andrew Manson (Stewart's Melville), Max McFarlane (GHA), Robbie Nairn * (George Watson's College/Currie), Reuben Norville (Leicester Tigers), Ben Robbins ** (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians), Ruaridh Smith (Currie), George Taylor (Melrose).

* 2014/15 Scottish Institute of Sport supported player

** 2014/15 Elite development player