World U20s 2015: Scotland make eight changes for Ireland

Head coach Sean Lineen rings the changes for must-win game following their 68-10 defeat to New Zealand earlier in the week

By Gareth Llewellyn

Sean Lineen has made eight changes to his starting XV for Scotland’s game against Ireland in Pool C of the World Rugby U20 Championship.

After the Dark Blues were thrashed 68-10 by New Zealand on day one last Tuesday, the Scotland head coach has opted for some heavy rotation as they take on last year’s semi-finalists in Calvisano on Saturday afternoon.

Some boys included in this match-day squad have been out here for nearly two weeks and haven’t played yet, so they’re champing at the bit to get out there.

Sean Lineen

Scotland ended their RBS 6 Nations campaign with a 17-10 win over Ireland at Netherdale, but were given a schooling by Scott Robertson’s New Zealand to start their U20 championship campaign on a disappointing note.

Half of the changes come in the backline as Harlequins winger Robbie Nairn has recovered from illness to come in on the right wing as Gala full-back Ruairi Howarth and London Scottish wing Alec Coombes keep their places in the back three.

With Archie Russell suspended after his spear tackle against the Baby Blacks, Le Parc’s Patrick Kelly comes in at inside centre with Melrose’s Tom Galbraith sliding to outside centre.

There are also changes at half-back as Glasgow Hawks scrum-half George Horne and Edinburgh Rugby’s Blair Kinghorn are promoted from the bench

Lineen has changed his props with Glasgow Warriors tighthead Zander Fagerson and Aberdeen Grammar’s Murray McCallum, who both started all five Six Nations matches, packing down either side of Bedford Blues hooker Sam James.

Melrose lock Lewis Carmichael, who was awarded a fortuitous try against New Zealand, keeps his place alongside Glasgow Hawks’ Scott Cummings in the second row.

Edinburgh’s Jamie Ritchie continues as captain at openside flanker, where he is joined by Melrose’s Neil Irvine-Hess on the blindside and Edinburgh’s Magnus Bradbury at number eight after Ally Miller and Lewis Wynne were ruled out through injury.

“We always knew it was going to be tough with five games in 18 days,” Lineen said.

“It’s a quick turnaround and a busy tournament, and with such comes a lot of change in the squad.

“Our first game against New Zealand was very tough, physically and mentally, yet Ireland are in the same boat after their close encounter with a big Argentina side.

“Some boys included in this match-day squad have been out here for nearly two weeks and haven’t played yet, so they’re champing at the bit to get out there.”

Ireland U20: Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster); Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster); Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster), Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster, captain); Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Sean McNulty (UCD/Leinster), Oisin Heffernan (Terenure College/Leinster), David O’Connor (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Alex Thompson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster), Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster), Conor Oliver (St Mary’s/Leinster), Lorcan Dow (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster).

Replacements: Zack McCall (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster), Liam O’Connor (Cork Constitution /Munster), Conan O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht), Jack Dwan (UCD/Leinster), Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Tomás Quinlan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Jacob Stockdale (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster).

Scotland U20: Ruairi Howarth (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala); Robbie Nairn (Harlequins), Tom Galbraith (Melrose), Patrick Kelly (Le Parc), Alec Coombes (London Scottish); Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby), George Horne (Glasgow Hawks); Murray McCallum (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby), Sam James (Bedford Blues), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Lewis Carmichael (Melrose), Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby, captain), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby).

Replacements: Ross Graham (Hawick), Dan Elkington (Watsonians), Jack Owlett (Exeter University), Andrew Davidson (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Ruaridh Knott (Melrose); Ben Vellacott (Gloucester/Hartpury College), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Richard Galloway (University of Birmingham).

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