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Lowe starts v Argentina

On the day that Scotland take on Argentina in two continents at different levels of the game, it's the under-20s who kick off proceedings against their counterparts, in the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand (Friday 20 June, kick-off 3.05pm local, 4.05am UK).

There are nine changes to the team in this ninth place play-off, from the side who beat Italy in the 9-12 play-off on Sunday. Coming off the bench to start are prop Phil Cringle, hooker James Malcolm, lock Andrew Cramond, centre Chris Dean and fullback Gavin Lowe. Neil Irvine-Hess moves from lock to flanker and Blair Hutchison from outside to inside centre.

Coming into the team on the right wing is Jamie Farndale, who will be earning his 24th cap at this level of the game after three seasons with Scotland under-20, three IRB Junior World Championships and 15 tries.

Head coach Sean Lineen said: "It's been an amazing experience and we want to make sure we finish on the right note. We'd like ot be part of a winning double over Argentina tomorrow, that would be great for Scottish rugby, but obviously our focus is on our game. This is a huge test for us to finish 9th and we know we'll have to work incredibly hard to get that result.

"Argentina are quite a young side, they love a drive, love a scrum and they're very sturdily built. If you don't have them the first time, they're very good at bouncing off. They're brave and incredibly proud as well, so we have to go out there and make sure we play at a tempo that we're confident with, make them feel uncomfortable.

"Against Italy we showed what we could do - we need to make sure we play our way for a little bit longer."

Scotland under-20 team v Argentina under-20, Friday 20 June, QBE Stadium, North Harbour, kick-off 3.05pm local (4.05am UK)
15 Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors) **
14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
13 Chris Dean (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s) **
12 Blair Hutchison (Loughborough University/Melrose)
11 Damien Hoyland (Melrose) *
10 Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
9 Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Accies/ Scotland 7s) **

1 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
2 James Malcolm (Ayr) *
3 D'arcy Rae (Ayr/Glasgow Warriors) **
4 Andy Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar)
5 Lewis Carmichael (Melrose) *
6 Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians/Edinburgh Rugby) **
7 Tommy Spinks (London Scottish) (captain)
8 Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir/Edinburgh Rugby) **

16 James Malcolm (Ayr) *
17 Jack Cosgrove (Worcester Warriors)
18 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks)
19 Jamie Ritchie (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife) *
20 Shaun MacDonald (Stirling County)
21 Ben Vellacott (Hartpury/Gloucester)
22 Gavin Parker (Exeter University)
23 Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies)

Scotland under-20 squad for IRB Junior World Cup
Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Lewis Carmichael (Melrose) *
Ben Chalmers (Melrose)
Gabriel Carroll (Loughborough University)
Jack Cosgrove (Worcester Warriors)
Andrew Cramond (Aberdeen Grammar)
Philip Cringle (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Chris Dean (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s)
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks)
Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Cameron Fenton (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife) *
Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Accies/Scotland 7s)
Neil Herron (Glasgow Hawks/Scotland 7s)
Damien Hoyland (Melrose) *
Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
Blair Hutchison (Loughborough University/Melrose)
Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians/Edinburgh Rugby) **
Sam James (London Wasps)
Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors) **
James Malcolm (Ayr) *
Shaun MacDonald (Stirling County)
Gavin Parker (Exeter University)
Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies)
D'arcy Rae (Ayr/Glasgow Warriors) **
Jamie Ritchie (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife) *
Tommy Spinks (London Scottish) (captain)
Ben Vellacott (Hartpury/Gloucester)
Glen Young (Newcastle Falcons)
Ruairidh Young (Edinburgh Accies)

* member of Scottish Rugby's Regional Academy supported by sportscotland Institute of Sport
**Elite Development Player 2013/14

The IRB Junior World Cup 2014 is being held in Auckland, New Zealand. Scotland's pool games were against:
South Africa (5-61) watch highlights here
Samoa (18-27) watch highlights here
New Zealand (7-54) watch highlights here
9-12 play-off Italy (21-18) watch highlights here

Last year, Scotland finished in 10th place in the tournament. The 2015 tournament will be held in Italy,

This article was posted on 19-Jun-2014, 10:31 by Hugh Barrow.

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