Scotland a national rugby union team

Not to be confused with Scotland A national rugby league team.

Scotland A
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Union Scottish Rugby Union
Emblem(s) the Thistle
Coach(es) Scotland Shade Munro
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Scotland XV Scotland 20–3 Argentina Argentina
(13 September 1969)
Largest win
Scotland XV Scotland 85–3  Spain
(5 December 1998)
Largest defeat
Scotland A Scotland 17–52  New Zealand Māori
(17 June 2006)

The Scotland A team are the second national rugby union team behind the Scottish national side.

History

Scotland's status as one of the leading rugby nations in the Northern Hemisphere, made the SRU to field a second team, first known as Scotland XV, and currently as Scotland A, which can play at the same level, sometimes even superior, of many second and third tier nations first sides. Before the professional era, Scotland A played against touring national sides from the southern hemisphere. Scotland XV represented Scotland during the 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifyings, easily winning Portugal by 85–11, and Spain by 85–3, in Murrayfield.

Unlike association football, where the main team is supposed to be the "A" team, Scotland A in rugby union is actually equivalent to the Scotland B football team.

Current squad

Below is the Scotland A squad named in January 2013 for the Six Nations tournament.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national union affiliation of the registered club as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules.

Player Position Club
Steven Lawrie Hooker Scotland Edinburgh
Alun Walker Hooker Scotland Edinburgh
Alasdair Dickinson Prop England Sale
Jon Welsh Prop Scotland Glasgow
Grant Shiells Prop England Newcastle
Gordon Reid Prop Scotland Glasgow
Tim Swinson Lock Scotland Glasgow
Tom Ryder Lock Scotland Glasgow
Robert McAlpine Lock Scotland Edinburgh
Richie Vernon Flanker England Sale
Stuart McInally Flanker Scotland Edinburgh
James Eddie Flanker Scotland Glasgow
Ryan Wilson (c) Number 8 Scotland Glasgow
Player Position Club
Sean Kennedy Scrum-half Scotland Glasgow
Jamie Stevenson Scrum-half England London Scottish
Tom Heathcote Fly-half England Bath
Alex Grove Centre England Worcester
Alex Dunbar Centre Scotland Glasgow
Ben Cairns Centre Scotland Edinburgh
Nikki Walker Wing England Worcester
Duncan Taylor Wing England Saracens
Dougie Fife Wing Scotland Edinburgh
Greig Tonks Fullback Scotland Edinburgh

Competitions

They used to compete in the Churchill Cup alongside the full national teams of Canada and the United States as well as Ireland A, England Saxons, Argentina A and the New Zealand Māori.

They now regularly compete in the IRB Nations Cup, winning the competition in 2009.

References

External links

  • Scottish Rugby
  • Nations Cup official site
  • Scotland XV/A Official Games