THE absence of the three Merchiston Castle School boys who played

against the French and Welsh schools and will be on tour in Japan forced

changes in the Scottish Schools team to play the Scotland Youth on March


John Anderson's absence on the wing is filled by moving Gordon Findlay

from full back to wing, his normal position for both school and

district. Jamie Doran, the St Aloysius' College full back, who had an

excellent trial on Sunday at Murrayfield before being injured, is

brought in.

In Nick White's place at centre the selectors have gone for Kenneth

Milligan, another who had a good trial. To replace the experienced

Graeme Walsingham at prop Alan Kittle has been selected. The Ross High

boy will add a 16st frame to the scrum.

Two other changes have been made in the team at stand-off and at

tight-head. Gregor McIntosh replaces Jonathan Newton, of Dundee High

School, at stand-off. McIntosh has not the same length in his kicking,

but he has a safe pair of hands and can get his line moving.

The vote for the tight-head prop position must have been close. Tom

Smith, of Rannoch School, and Richard Hastings, of Kelvinside Academy,

were outstanding in the trial until the latter had to retire with the

recurrence of a back injury. Smith is in the team for the Easter weekend

match with Hastings among the replacements. Olufemi Fowara, of Edinburgh

Academy, drops out.

The trial at Murrayfield was mainly significant for the number of

injuries which prevented the selectors from fielding their ultimate


Three internationalists, Geordie McGill, Andrew Ness, and Kenneth

Thomson, retired with Saturday injuries before the start. Doran,

Hastings, and Rennie Keith, of Kelvinside, were injured during the

match. Keith sustained his injury when the scrum collapsed.

The match against the Scottish Youths was scheduled to be played at

Murrayfield at 3.0pm, but with the counter-attractions of league

matches, the boys' game has been brought forward to 1.0pm. It will be

played at Meggetland as a curtain-raiser to the Boroughmuir v Kelso

match. The schools team is:

J R L Doran (St Aloysius College); G J Findlay (Dollar Academy), K R

Milligan (Stewart's Melville College), N G Douglas (Edinburgh Academy),

K C Thomson (Glasgow Academy); G J E McIntosh (Stewart's Melville

College), A D Nicol (Dundee HS, captain); T J Smith (Rannoch School), F

M Graham (Dunbar GS), A J Kittle (Ross HS), D E Barnett (Perth Academy),

M J McVie (Edinburgh Academy), S P Thompson (Morrison's Academy), G D

McGill (Dundee HS), A G Ness (Dollar Academy). Replacements -- R K

Hastings (Kelvinside Academy), C J Cowan (Kelvinside Academy), J K

McKechnie (Dundee HS), P G Mauritzen (Stewarts Melville College), J S C

Crombie (Edinburgh Academy), J R Newton (Dundee HS).