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Academy duo feature for Scotland Under-20s

Scotland Under-20s Head Coach Bryan Redpath has named his side for their World Rugby U20 Championship in France. 

And a duo of Saints youngsters are among the matchday 23 that takes to the field to face Italy in Béziers’ Stade de la Méditerranée tomorrow evening (kick-off 5.30pm BST).

In the forwards, Devante Onojaife starts the competition opener at number eight while centre Fraser Strachan begins the game on the bench.

Head Coach, Redpath, said: “The squad have trained well since arriving in France last week and I’ve been impressed with their commitment and desire to get better every day.

“We’ve chosen a side who we feel are the best prepared to go into Wednesday’s match. We’re focused and in a good place.

“Italy are a strong team and a side we obviously know well after facing them in the U20 Six Nations. We’ve got to manage the game in the right areas, while our set-piece has to be spot on. We’re all really looking forward to the challenge.”

SCOTLAND U20s TEAM TO FACE ITALY
15 Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)
14 Logan Trotter (Stirling County)
13 Cameron Hutchison (Currie Chieftains)
12 Stafford McDowall (Ayr) CAPTAIN
11 Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)
10 Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)
9 Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)
1 Ross Dunbar (Boroughmuir)
2 Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest)
3 Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)
4 Ewan Johnson (Racing Metro 92)
5 Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)
6 Martin Hughes (Heriot’s)
7 Rory Darge (Melrose)
8 Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)

Replacements:
16 Robbie Smith (Ayr)
17 Sam Grahamslaw (Leicester Tigers)
18 Murphy Walker (Strathallan School)
19 Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s)
20 Guy Graham (Newcastle Falcons)
21 Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais)
22 Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby)
23 Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints)