Scotland under-20 head coach John Dalziel has named three Borders-based players in an experienced starting XV for his side’s opening clash of the Six Nations Championship against England this Friday, at Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 8pm).
Hawick’s Darcy Graham gets his first start on the wing, while Melrose’s Tom Galbraith is in at centre, and his Greenyards teammate Ally Miller gets the nod in the number 8 position.
Of the starting XV, 12 of the players named have had international experience at under-20 level, with every member of the pack having made previous appearances for Scotland’s senior age-grade side.
Dalziel said: “We’ve got a big and experienced pack – all who were involved throughout last year’s under-20 season – and a wealth of experience at this level in the backline, so we’re excited about what the team has to offer.
“The players who have made the step-up to under-20 this year have really added to the group and have shown they deserve their call-up.
“The mantra of this team is winning in blue, and a strong core of this group have had the buzz of victory on home soil, which is a real positive, and adds to the sense of confidence in the squad.
“We’re excited for the challenge ahead, and hope to get a big and passionate crowd along to welcome us to our new home at Broadwood.”
Lock Scott Cummings, who has made seven appearances for Glasgow Warriors this season, will skipper the side.
Dalziel has also named Melrose’s George Taylor on the sub’s bench.
Scotland under-20 team to play England under-20 in the Six Nations Championship at Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 8pm): 15, Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby); 14, Darcy Graham (Hawick)*, 13, Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), 12, Tom Galbraith (Melrose)**, 11, Robbie Nairn (Harlequins); 10, Adam Hastings (Bath Rugby); 9, Hugh Fraser (Heriot’s)**; 1, Murray McCallum (Heriot’s)**, 2, Jake Kerr (Boroughmuir)**, 3, Callum Sheldon (Leeds Beckett University), 4, Andrew Davidson (Glasgow Hawks)**, 5, Scott Cummings CAPTAIN (Glasgow Hawks)**, 6, Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby), 7, Matt Smith (Glasgow Hawks)**, 8, Ally Miller (Melrose)**.
Replacements: 16, Lewis Anderson (Ayr), 17, Ben Christie (Loughborough University), 18, Adam Nicol (Stirling County), 19, Callum Hunter-Hill (Stirling County)**, 20 Scott Burnside (Boroughmuir)*, 21, Charlie Shiel (Currie)*, 22, George Taylor (Melrose)** and 23, Ben Robbins (Currie)**.
* BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy stage 2 player
** BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy stage 3 player.