THE Scotland training squad for the under-21 Six Nations has been revealed, with head coach Sean Lineen including 16 forwards and 13 backs in his 29-strong group.

2019 U20 captain Connor Boyle, of Watsonians Rugby, is one of 11 players who featured in last year’s tournament, during which the flanker scored tries against Italy, Ireland and Wales.

Another player who really made a mark in last year’s tournament was Heriot’s Rugby’s Jack Blain, who also scored three tries last year.

There are several players selected through the Scottish Qualified programme including back-row Archie Smeaton of Yorkshire Carnegie and Sale Sharks prop Ewan Ashman, who is currently on loan at Edinburgh.

Dan Gamble is also selected after coming through the respective age-grade sides and has impressed with his performances for Heriot’s Rugby in the FOSROC Super6 this year.

Biggar’s Jamie Campbell also earns his first U20 inclusion after being part of the U18 Scotland side that defeated Ireland in last year’s Six Nations campaign 42-40.

“We have selected a good group of players and we’re excited to see them progress,” said head coach Lineen.

“This is an important year for the U20 squad and after some good preparations, where we will play two FOSROC Super6 sides in Watsonians Rugby and Ayrshire Bulls in planned sessions, the boys will be ready to face Ireland in the Six Nations opener at the end of January.

“There will still be opportunities to add to the squad throughout January for a number of players who are currently out injured and who impress the coaching staff ahead of the tournament.”