The U18 Six Nations tournament kicks off this Saturday, with Scotland facing England at 12pm. The Festival consists of three match days, with Saturday’s taking place at Ystrad Mynach, Wales’ Centre of Sporting Excellence, with the further two taking place on Wednesday 4th April and Sunday 8th April.

Following the game against England, Scotland face France at 5pm on the 4th before taking on Ireland at 12pm on the 8th, with both games being played at the Cardiff Arms Park.

Head Coach Iain Monaghan has picked eight Scottish exiles in the squad, among them Bishop Burton student and Yorkshire Carnegie player, Dan Lancaster, son of the former England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster.

On being selected, Dan said; “I’m very honoured to be representing Scotland in the upcoming U18s Six Nations. I’m really looking forward to playing rugby at an international level – it will be an experience that I’ll never forget.”

The team has played a number of warm up games prior to the tournament, losing to a late Wales try 32-30 before falling to a tough 64-0 defeat to England at BT Murrayfield a fortnight ago. With England first up though, it seems certain that Scotland will be determined to earn back some credit from the men in white on Saturday.

Commenting ahead of the game, Scotland Head Coach Iain Monaghan said;

“We’re looking forward to travelling to Wales later this week to compete in the Six Nations U18 Festival.  We have three tough games and we’ll be aiming to make further progress following matches against Wales and England earlier this month.”

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to play against top level opposition away from home and for us to build on what we’ve been working on.” 

Dan is a member of the Bishop Burton rugby academy programme, delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie. To find out more about the programme, visit the academies page on our website.

For more information on the sports courses and academy programmes based at the college, pop along to our next open day.