Academy manager Mark Laycock has backed Glen Young to be a hit at this summer’s IRB Junior World Championship after the second-row was named in the Scotland squad yesterday.
Young, 19, and his fellow Scotland Under-20s teammates will take on rugby super powers South Africa, Samoa and New Zealand in their pool matches on the 2, 6 and 10 June respectively.
And academy chief Laycock is delighted for the Jedburgh-born lock, who featured against Saracens at Allianz Park in the LV= Cup this term.
“I’m delighted for Glen and I’m sure he will do very well for Scotland,” said Laycock.
“The experience of going to New Zealand on tour will be greatly beneficial for Glen’s development as a rugby player.
“Both Dom Barrow and Scott Wilson won the tournament with England last summer and you only have to see them in action this season to realise the impact that the experience had on them.
“Everyone at Newcastle Falcons wishes Glen well,” added the Teesside coach.
Scotland under-20 squad for IRB Junior World Championship
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) * 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)
The IRB Junior World Cup 2014 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. Scotland’s pool games are against South Africa (Monday 2 June, k/o 3.35pm local); Samoa (Friday 6 June, k/o 3.35pm local); and New Zealand (Wednesday 10 June, k/o 7.35pm local). Further fixtures on Sunday 15 June and Friday 20 June are dependent on results. Last year, Scotland finished in 10th place in the tournament.