Mak one of five Borderers in Scottish under 16 squad

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Five young Borderers are named in the Scotland Under 16s squad for the Conwy International Rugby Festival in Wales.

Included in the squad are Mak Wilson (Duns/Eyemouth HS), Dan Gamble (Kelso/Kelso HS), Thomas Jeffrey (Peebles/Peebles HS), Billy McNeil (Hawick Albion/Hawick HS) and Matthew Kindness (Kelso/Kelso HS).

The Four Nations tournament will take place between April 1 and April 9 with sides from Scotland, Wales, France and Italy competing. Scotland will play against teams from the host country as well as France.

Scotland Under 16s is an important stage in the development of young, aspiring players with the squad of 50 being split up into two teams- the Reds and the Blues who will both play match matches during the tournament.

There will also be two teams from France and Italy.

The Scotland squad has been selected following several camps from the start of the year involving a large number of players.

Ahead of the Festival, the Scotland team will be holding a training weekend between March 18-20 starting at Glencorse Barracks before moving to Tulliallan with the weekend ending at BT Murrayfield for a training game on Sunday.

Ahead of the camp, head coach of the Reds, Roddy Deans said: “I am very excited about this squad of players and have been impressed with their performance and professional attitude during our recent training camps.

“Electing 50 players at this stage is a huge positive for the future of Scottish Rugby and will allow us to build strong foundations for our national age grade teams.”

Steve Lawrie, head coach of the Blues added: “As a coaching group we are under no illusions that playing against Wales and France at this age is a tough test; however, it is vital we take our players out of their comfort zone and challenge them under test match pressures.”