‘Scotland are ready for JWC’ – Cummings

Scotland U20 captain Scott Cummings believes his team are ready for the challenge that awaits ahead of the Junior World Championship, which gets underway in Manchester, England in June.

Cummings told Scottish Rugby's official website that he knows what to expect at the U20 tournament this time round after making his debut at the tournament last year.

“It was quite a shock going to the World Championship last year, in terms of the media coverage and hype around the tournament,” said Cummings.

“It’s a chance to play different teams who you haven’t played before, and may not get the chance to play again.”

Cummings added that the squad is excited at the prospect of taking on Australia in their opening clash on June 7 at AJ Bell Stadium.

“Australia will play a different style of rugby which we’re probably not used too; they’ll bring the attacking mind-set of the Southern Hemisphere and Super Rugby, so we’re excited to play against them,” he continued.   

“I know they’ve got a number of players who’ve played high level rugby, just like us, so we’re looking forward to a good game."

Cummings further added that the players have done their work on the training field, the squad is mentally in the right state of mind and now it is just a case of hitting the field running.

“The support given to the programme this year has been excellent," he said.

“There’s real competition for places with a lot more players getting a higher quality training.

“We’ve now got a great squad of 28 players, who can all play and compete in lots of different positions.”