GHA front row forward James Malcolm has been called up to the Scotland under-20 camp.
The former Hutchesons’ grammar school pupil will join the squad at the sportscotland national sports training centre in Inverclyde as the team begin their preparations for the under-20s RBS 6 Nations Championship. The 18-year-old from Pollokshields will be joined by a number of Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby Elite Development Players (EDP), exiles and Scottish club rugby counterparts.
The team’s opening match will be against England under-20 on Friday 1 February at Plymouth Albion RFC, Brickefields, Plymouth, 5.45pm. Scotland under-20 head coach, Sean Lineen, said: “We’re excited to be in Largs for our third camp this season. The facilities are really good and the players are getting to know each other more and working hard together. “This week we want everyone to gain an understanding of how we want to play. We want to be very competitive in the 6 Nations and go down to England for our opening game and play to our potential. “I have been really impressed with the attitude of the players as a group and individually they are all working extremely hard. They are getting fitter, they have a lot of potential and they want to nail the basics”.
Malcolm’s side GHA will take on West of Scotland at Burnbrae on Saturday, after their last two games fell victim to the weather.
GHA captain Andy Henderson feels not having a game in the last fortnight has made the players even more eager.
He said: “We are really looking forward to the game.
“It was a little bit of a surprise that the game last Saturday was called off. The game against Greenock being postponed has made us even keener to play this one this weekend.
“We had a tough game against the West of Scotland earlier in the season, we know we will have to be close to our best this weekend”.
GHA will hope to close the gap at the top after falling five points behind Falkirk albeit with two games in hand.
Whitecraigs, who lost 22-14 away to Dumfries on Saturday, will host Greenock Wanderers on Saturday.
Meanwhile Cartha, who fell to league leaders Falkirk at the weekend, are back in cup action in a rescheduled fixture away to Dalziel (kick off 2pm).