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NEW ZEALAND captain Luke McAlister scooped up the world under-21 rugby championship trophy after a 47-19 win over Ireland - then gave a thumbs up to host country, Scotland, writes BILL LOTHIAN
THE "revolution" promised by Scottish rugby bosses can’t come a minute too soon on the evidence of a 16-27 defeat by Italy which consigned the under-21s to tenth place in the Intelligent Finance world championships - a view endorsed by the men who matter most, the players.
New Zealand U-21 47-19 Ireland U-21
I ACCEPT the Scottish Rugby Union’s new strategy, as outlined at the agm on Friday night, as long as the Scottish Institute of Sport has a greater role in the development in players from the age of 12 to 21. The Institute players stood head and shoulders above the rest in the Scotland jerseys at the Under-21 World Championship, and this evidence of real development cannot be ignored.
WHILE the Northern Hemisphere nations have been brought down to earth with a painful bump over the last three weekends, this afternoon will give them an opportunity for redemption when Ireland take on New Zealand in the Under-21 World Championship final at Hughenden.
SCOTLAND under-21 manager John Jeffrey today urged his side to forget their only victory of this season’s Six Nations Championship - so as to try to confirm progress he claims has been made in the Intelligent Finance World Championships.
THE SPOTLIGHT on the future stars of world rugby will switch off late tomorrow after what promises to be an enthralling battle of the hemispheres in the IRB World Championship Under-21 final in Glasgow.
RUGBY leaders are celebrating record-breaking attendance figures for the Under-21 Rugby World Cup (U21 RWC), which is being hosted by Scotland.
WALES will play England for fifth place in the IRB Under-21 World Championships after squeezing past France 29-21 in a hotly contested affair at Raeburn Place last night.
NEW Zealand made it through to the final of the IRB Under-21 World Championship with a deserved 26-11 victory over South Africa at Hughenden yesterday. They will play Ireland in the grand finale at the same venue on Sunday after the Irish pulled off a tremendous 26-13 win over Australia in the second semi in Glasgow last night.
THEIR higher profile cousin has already made his mark on Scottish rugby teams from 1995 onwards.
JONO Phillips, the Scotland coach, has called on his players to give "the big performance they’re capable of" when they meet Tonga in the D semi-final of the IRB Under-21 World Championship this evening.
SECOND ROW Ian Dryburgh has called on the real Scotland side to stand up when the World Under-21 Rugby Championships resume tomorrow with a match against Tonga at Netherdale, Galashiels.
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH hero Rob Dewey has confirmed that he’s ready to move to the Capital in order to further boost his prospects of landing a pro deal with Edinburgh Gunners, in the wake of helping Scotland under-21s return to winning ways for the first time in seven matches.
IT IS, frankly, superb that the Scots fans have broken the Under-21 World Championship attendance record. Now, there are themes that have ensured this happened. The games were on when there was no football to attend elsewhere. There is also the little fact that these really are the future stars of world rugby playing a faster, more adventurous game than adults.