Connor Eastgate named in Scotland U20 matchday squad to play France U20

Wasps Senior Academy fly half, Connor Eastgate has been named in the Scotland U20 matchday squad to play France Under 20 at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble on Friday.  

Head Coach Sean Lineen has named two personnel changes to his starting Scotland U20 side to face France in the second round of the U20 Six Nations Championship. 

The changes are split between the backs and forwards, with Stafford McDowall coming into the starting XV at full-back in place of Ross McCann, who takes up a spot on the bench.

Bruce Flockhart is set to make his first start at Scotland U20 level as he is named in the back-row for Matt Fagerson, who is unavailable for selection after sustaining a concussion in the clash against Ireland.

Scotland U20 Head Coach, Sean Lineen, said: “We have named a settled side for this week’s match, with players meriting re-selection following their respective performances against Ireland.

“It’s always a tough task going away to France, and this game will be no different. They’ll be hurting from their defeat to England, and will be hoping to bounce back in front of their home crowd.

“We’re expecting a tough battle up-front, and we know first and foremost that we’ll have to match them physically if we are to come away with a result.”

Robbie Nairn and Darcy Graham are set to start on the wings, with the latter moving from full-back to accommodate for the incoming McDowall.

Try-scorer against Ireland, Cameron Hutchison, and Craig Pringle remain as the midfield duo, while Josh Henderson – who successfully kicked 14 points from the tee in the opening round of the campaign – retains the number ten jersey alongside scrum-half Andrew Simmers.

In the pack, George Thornton, Fraser Renwick and Adam Nicol continue in the front-row, with Alex Craig and Callum Hunter-Hill – who will remain as captain – starting at lock.

Luke Crosbie shifts to the openside flank to make way for the incoming Flockhart, while Tom Dodd remains at number eight.

You can follow live updates of the game via @Scotlandteam Twitter account, for more about Wasps' Academy follow @Wasps_Academy.  

Scotland U20 team to play France U20 in the U20 Six Nations Championships at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, this Friday (10 February, kick-off 9pm/8pm GMT):  

15. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)
14. Robbie Nairn (Harlequins)
13. Craig Pringle (Stirling County)
12. Cameron Hutchison (Currie)
11. Darcy Graham (Hawick)
10. Josh Henderson (Glasgow Hawks)
9. Andrew Simmers (Heriot’s)
1. George Thornton (Bishop Burton College)
2. Fraser Renwick (Hawick)
3. Adam Nicol (Stirling County)
4. Alex Craig (Gloucester)
5. Callum Hunter-Hill (Stirling County) (c)
6. Bruce Flockhart (Glasgow Hawks)
7. Luke Crosbie (Currie)
8. Tom Dodd (Worcester Warriors)

Replacements

16. Robbie Smith (Ayr)
17. Daniel Winning (Boroughmuir)
18. Fergus Bradbury (Stirling County)
19. Hamish Bain (Currie)
20. Jamie Ure (Boroughmuir)
21. Charlie Shiel (Currie)
22. Connor Eastgate (Wasps)
23. Ross McCann (Melrose)