Gala’s Chris Auld and Russell Anderson feature in Scotland’s starting XV for the Under 20 Junior World Championships opener against Argentina tomorrow night.
Langholm lad Anderson and Auld, originally from Dumfries, will be hoping to impress at the Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes, France, to ensure they start the remaining pool games against Wales and Samoa.
Anderson and Auld are the only players from Borders clubs in the 23-man squad for tomorrow’s match, which kicks off at 8pm local time.
Coach Sean Lineen said: “Training has been good. The boys have been working exceptionally hard and they needed to because tomorrow’s game will be a massive challenge.
“Argentina are immensely physical, have a quality set-piece and run hard, which we’ll need to be ready for and combat.
“You look at the players and can see that it’s a very exciting group so it’s up to us to provide an environment for them to flourish and develop.
“But it’s not a tour, this is World Cup. It’s great to be here for three weeks, and it’s great for the players and their development, but we’re here to win games. That’s what this is about.
“Their work ethic has been outstanding, I couldn’t have asked for more from anyone on that front. It is now about our accuracy and decision-making under pressure.”
Scotland U20s: R. Young (Edinburgh Accies), J. Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby), C. Auld (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala), M. Bennett (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County), R. Hughes (Scotland 7s/Stirling County), T. Allan (Perpignan), S. Steele (Leicester Tigers); J. Bhatti (Stirling County), R. Anderson (Gala), D. Rae (Ayr), A. Sinclair (Perpignan), J. Gray (Glasgow Warriors/Currie), T. Spinks (London Scottish), W. Bordill (Sale Sharks), A. Ashe (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County).
Subs: R. Kennedy (Stirling County), R. Wilson (Boroughmuir), P. Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby/Stewart’s Melville FP), R. Leishman (Stirling County), E. Masterson (Leinster), A. Price (Bedford Blues), R. Fergusson (Ayr), D. Hoyland (Boroughmuir).