Four of the players that helped Scotland to a best-ever finish of fifth at the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2017 return for this year's tournament in France.

Forwards Ross Dunbar and Robbie Smith are named in Bryan Redpath's first squad as U20 coach, while the two returnees in the backs are Patrick Anderson and Stafford McDowall. Dunbar and Anderson both missed out on the recent U20 Six Nations campaign.

Stepping up to U20 level for the first time are prop Euan McLaren, hooker Finlay Scott, second-row Charlie Jupp and back-row James Miller. Also joining the squad is Leicester Tigers prop Sam Grahamslaw, a recent inclusion in a Scotland U20 development side having been identified through the Scottish Qualified programme.

Scotland have been drawn in Pool B with 2017 runners-up England, Italy and Argentina and will begin their campaign against the Azzurrini at the Stade de la Mediterranee in Béziers on 30 May.


“We’ve chosen a versatile and combative squad, who’ve really grown together after their experiences in the recent Six Nations campaign," said Redpath.

“We still have a lot of work to do as we prepare to face Italy at the end of the month but I have every confidence that this group of players will be prepared for what is building up to be a really exciting tournament.

“We’re really eager to get started in a few weeks time and I’m looking forward to playing a role in the development of this strong squad."

Scotland began their build-up to the U20 Championship last Friday with a 41-3 loss against the touring Junior Springboks on one of the outside pitches at Murrayfield.

Scotland squad: Sam Grahamslaw, Ross Dunbar, Finlay Richardson, Murphy Walker, Euan McLaren, Robbie Smith, Finlay Scott, Ewan Johnson, Jamie Hodgson, Charlie Jupp, Marshall Sykes, Martin Hughes, Rory Darge, Guy Graham, Devante Onojaife, James Miller, Charlie Chapman, Kaleem Barreto, Ross Thompson, Callum McLelland, Stafford McDowall, Logan Trotter, Cammy Hutchison, Fraser Strachan, Kyle Rowe, Patrick Anderson, Sam Yawayawa, Paddy Dewhirst.