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Chamberlain to start Scotland U20 Six Nations opener

Nathan Chamberlain will start at fly half in Scotland U20’s Six Nations opener against Ireland U20 at Independent Park, Cork, on Friday night (7.15pm KO).

The Academy back, who featured at last summer’s U20 World Cup, is named in Sean Lineen’s starting XV.

The Head Coach said: “It’s been a pretty tough selection, there’s a lot of guys who were here last year and they obviously have a point to prove. The team’s come together really well, they’re pretty tight and working really hard on different parts of their game.

“We know we will need to get our performance right against a pretty physical and clever Irish outfit who won this fixture last year away from home, so we know what type of cauldron we’re going into.

“We’ve prepared really well this week; I’ve been very impressed with their attitude and we’re going over there to give a really good performance.”

Scotland U20 team to face Ireland on Friday at Independent Park, Cork:

15. Ollie Smith (Ayrshire Bulls), 14. Jacob Henry (Southern Knights), 13. Matthew Currie (Watsonians Rugby), 12. Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears), 11. Jack Blain (Heriot’s Rugby), 10. Nathan Chamberlain (Hartpury College/Bristol Bears), 9. Roan Frostwick (Watsonians Rugby); 1. Alex Maxwell (Stourbridge), 2. Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), 3. Dan Gamble (Heriot’s Rugby), 4. Kieran Watt (Watsonians Rugby), 5. Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), 6. Jack Hill (Durham University), 7. Connor Boyle (Watsonians Rugby), 8. Rory Darge (Southern Knights) (c).

Replacements: 16. Rory Jackson (Watsonians Rugby), 17. Mak Wilson (Southern Knights), 18. Thomas Lambert (Sydney University), 19. Jamie Campbell (Biggar), 20. Gregor Brown (Boroughmuir Bears), 21. Kyle McGhie (Boroughmuir Bears), 22. Cameron Scott (Boroughmuir Bears), 23. Rufus McLean (Boroughmuir Bears).