Graham is on top of world

Hawick’s Darcy Graham is part of a 28-man squad that will be representing Scotland in the forthcoming Under-20 World Rugby Championships.

Full back/winger Graham was a regular member of the Scottish team that played in the recent Under-20 Six Nations.

Scotland are in the same group as England, Australia and Italy in the world championships in Manchester next month, and the young Scots kick off with a game against the Aussies at the AJ Bell Stadium on Tuesday, June 7.

On June 11, Scotland take on England, and four days later they lock horns with Italy.

In preparation for the World Championships, the Scottish squad leaves today (Friday) for a week’s high-altitude training in Font Romeu, France.

While in France the Scots will play a French Under-20 side in a friendly match.

Graham, 18, said: “I am really thrilled to be getting the chance to play in the world championships.

“It’s a great honour and I am very excited about it.

“We will be training in high altitude in France as well as in the heat. It will be hard going, but it will be a good preparation for the championships and I am sure we will benefit from the training.

“We beat England and Italy in the Six Nations and hopefully we can beat them again in the championships.

“Australia will be a good side, but we played well in the Six Nations and we will do well against them.

“It will be a great experience to play in the championships and I am really looking forward to it.”