Capital youngsters help Scots retain their World status

Neil Irvine-Hess of Scotland celebrates a try
Neil Irvine-Hess of Scotland celebrates a try
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Tries from Edinburgh back row youth signings Jamie Ritchie and Neil Irvine-Hess helped ensure Scotland’s under-20 rugby team beat Italy 21-17 in Auckland and retain a place in next year’s world championships.

Glasgow prop D’Arcy Rae also had a touchdown with stand-off Rory Hutchinson (Northampton) slotting all three conversions as the Scots came from 0-11 down at half-time.

As a consequence of surviving a late penalty kick by the Italians, coach Sean Lineen’s team now go into a play-off with Argentina on Friday to determine ninth/tenth place.

Had Scotland lost they would have dropped out of the elite competition. Lineen said: “We had a bit of a rev-up at half time, the guys had a bit of belief in the second half and scored some cracking tries.

“They had a penalty at the death, we still had to take the 22 – it was heart in the mouth stuff. We kicked it long, they ran it back then one of their guys knocked it on and we won the game.”