World U20s 2015: Scotland ring changes again for Argentina test
Head coach Sean Lineen makes eight changes again as the Dark Blues go in search of first Pool C win in Calvisano
Sean Lineen has made eight changes for the second successive match for Scotland’s match with Argentina at the World Rugby U20 Championship in northern Italy on Wednesday afternoon.
Both countries are yet to win in their opening two Pool C matches with Scotland bottom of the table after failing to fully fire in their crushing defeat to New Zealand and error-strewn performance in their loss against Ireland.
Edinburgh back-row forward Magnus Bradbury captains the side from number eight with Watsonian’s Ally Miller and Stirling County’s Lewis Wynne coming in at blindside and openside flanker, respectively.
Melrose’s Neil Irvine-Hess moves from blindside flanker to replace club team-mate Lewis Carmichael as Scott Cummings’ partner in the engine room.
In the backs, Hartpury College’s Ben Vellacott returns at scrum-half with Northampton Saints’ outside-half Rory Hutchinson also returning to the starting XV.
Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn, who started at 10 against Ireland, switches to full-back in place of Ruairi Howarth.
London Scottish’s versatile back Alec Coombes switches from the left wing to outside centre to partner Patrick Kelly in the midfield with the University of Birmingham’s Richard Galloway taking Coombes’ place.
“We know what we face in our final game of the group stages, and that is a gruelling test against a tough and physical Argentina side,” Lineen said.
“Our high-error count against Ireland was frustrating so we’ve been working hard to cut that out of our game.
“However, there were a lot of positives we can take from that match which, hopefully, we can carry into tomorrow’s tie.
“We have rotated the squad a fair bit for this match, but we need to ensure that across the five games players are getting adequate rest, as well as a chance to play and prove themselves at this level.”
Argentina U20: Matías Ferro (Tucumán Lawn Tennis); Tomás Granella (Liceo RC), Emiliano Boffelli (Duendes RC), Bautista Ezcurra (Hindú Club, captain), Juan Cruz Mallía (Jockey Club), Domingo Miotti (Tucumán Lawn Tennis), Patricio Baronio (Jockey Club); Javier Díaz (Natación y Gimnasia), Ignacio Calles (Liceo Naval), Cristian Bartoloni (Pucará), Ignacio Calas (La Tablada), Enzo Ocampo (Atletico del Rosario), Jose Deheza (Jockey Club), Ernesto Olmedo (La Tablada), Santiago Portillo (Los Tarcos).
Replacements: Gaspar Baldunciel (Asociación Alumni), Nicolás Ocello (Olivos RC), Santiago Medrano (Regatas Bella Vista), Ignacio Larrague (CASI), Vittorio Rosti (Duendes RC), Lucas Gasparri (Sporting), Lautaro Bazán Velez (Córdoba Athletic), Santiago Resino (Universitario).
Scotland U20: Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby); Robbie Nairn (Harlequins), Alec Coombes (London Scottish), Patrick Kelly (Le Parc), Richard Galloway (University of Birmingham); Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Ben Vellacott (Gloucester/Hartpury College); Murray McCallum (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby), Sam James (Bedford Blues), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose), Ally Miller (Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonians), Lewis Wynne (Stirling County), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby, captain).
Replacements: Ross Graham (Hawick), Elkington (Watsonians), Jack Owlett (Exeter University), Andrew Davidson (Glasgow Warriors/Glasgow Hawks), Ruaridh Knott (Melrose); George Horne (Glasgow Hawks), Ruaraidh Smith (Currie), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby).