One of Scottish rugby’s most exciting young talents is due to end a seven-month injury nightmare.
Jamie Farndale’s recovery from a broken leg playing for Edinburgh Accies against Dundee on September 29 is signalled by the winger’s inclusion in a Scotland Under-20 squad travelling to Dublin for a clash with Ireland to prepare for next month’s World Under-20 championship in France.
It is a huge bonus for Scotland to have a player who topped the try charts at last year’s tournament in the face of challenges from young All Blacks and Springboks etc.
However, as Farndale revealed, it was never a race against time to be fit. “Since suffering the spiral fracture I have been well looked after and working hard under the supervision of (SRU fitness guru) Andy Boyd.
“But it was made clear that the world championships should be a bonus rather than a target and I am delighted, not just to have recovered in time, but the way I have added weight without affecting my speed.
“My weight has gone up from 88 to 94kg and tests have shown that at this stage I’m stronger and only down 0.04 seconds down on my previous sprint time.”
Farndale could have been excused for feeling down especially as he had already made a full Edinburgh debut, away to Cardiff, just a couple of months after his 18th birthday. However, he insisted: “What helped enormously was being visited in hospital by Sean Lineen, the Scotland Under-20s head coach, who invited me along to the training camps and kept me involved.
“Last year’s under-20 championships were enjoyable but this time round promises to be even better as I am now in the age-group I came through the ranks with, playing alongside lads I’ve grown up with.
“From our base in Nantes we will play in a qualifying pool with Argentina, Samoa and Wales who, admittedly, were fantastic during the Six Nations but it is as good a draw as we could have hoped for.”