Harrison and Brown named in U20 squad

Harrison and Brown named in U20 squad

Edinburgh Rugby Academy duo of Patrick Harrison and Rudi Brown have both been named in the Scotland U20 32-player squad for the upcoming U20 Summer Series.

The capital duo have both featured regularly in the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series, with Harrison representing Watsonians at hooker, and Back-rower Brown running out for the Southern Knights - their performances earning them spots in Kenny Murray's squad. Both youngsters have featured for the Edinburgh Rugby senior squad this season, with Brown becoming the club's third youngest debutant in March's win against Connacht.

The team will travel to Italy to take part in the age-grade competition which will run from Friday 24 June to Tuesday 12 July, with all of Scotland’s fixtures taking place at Stadio Di Monigo, Treviso home to Benetton Rugby.

On his selection ahead of the Under-20 Summer Series Scotland Head Coach Kenny Murray said: “I’m really excited to be taking this group of players across to Italy for the Under-20 Summer Series and see what they can do. Whilst the results in the Under-20 Six Nations were disappointing, we’ve been building on the positives that can be taken from that competition to take into this summer.

“To have had 75% of our squad getting regular game time during the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series, off the back of the Six Nations, has been fantastic for the players development. In training we can see that their intensity, skill level and desire to play a good attacking style of Scottish rugby is much higher.

“There are 11 members of this squad who are U19 and to have two Scotland U18 players stepping up to U20 so soon after their competition in the spring is testament to the quality of players that they are. In both McConnell and Johnston’s positions (back-row and center/wing) we’ve a depth of talented players so we’re keen to see how they can utilize both their physical attributes and skill sets in this next stage of age-grade rugby.”

Scotland first take on Wales on Saturday 25 June at Stadio di Monigo, Treviso, (kick off 4pm BST).

They will then play competition host, Italy, on Thursday 30 June (kick off 7pm BST) before finishing their group stage matches against Georgia on Wednesday 6 July (kick off 4pm BST).

The tournament will finish with a cross-group match on Tuesday 12 July (kick off and opponent TBC).

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