Kenny Murray has admitted that this summer’s Junior World Trophy is taking precedence as he named his team to face Ireland in the U20s Six Nations on Friday.

Scotland travel to Cork to face Ireland with no wins from their first four games in this year’s Championship and off the back of a brutal second half against Italy when they shipped 40 points.

Ireland also put 82 on Scotland in last year’s tournament and there is a sense of trepidation as they head across the Irish Sea and he’s made four changes to his team to give opportunities to some players such as Jack Brown at full back, who Murray is excited for.

Concussions to Jack Hocking and Luke Coulson have ruled them out while Fergus Watson, Ryan Burke and Kerr Johnston are also all injured and won’t be involved.

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Brown starts at 15 with Geordie Gwynn moving to the wing along with Fin Doyle with Fin Thomson and Johnny Ventisei in at centre. Isaac Coates and Hector Patterson continue their partnership in the half backs.

Another slight injury to Robbie Deans means he’s on the bench with Callum Smyth joining Jerry Blyth-Lafferty and Callum Norrie in the front row. Ruaraidh Hart returns to the second row beside Euan McVie and it’s Jonny Morris, Freddy Douglas and Tom Currie in the back row.

And Murray said: “It’s just an opportunity to see guys. We’ve seen a lot of some players and not enough of others through injuries so we just want to make sure in the build-up to the U20 junior trophy we’re giving guys the opportunity to be seen at international level. It’s important to see how these guys go at this level of rugby.

“We know Ireland is going to be tough on their own patch but we’ve got a strong team on the pitch again this week so we’re going wanting to get a first win of the Six Nations. We want to use it to build for the summer as well.

“Every game, we go out wanting to win. There is nobody in this squad who doesn’t want to win for Scotland – and it is always disappointing when you don’t win – but it is up to us as coaches to make sure you don’t let a loss effect some good performance outcomes.

“The big focus for us is the Junior World Trophy and trying to get ourselves back into that top table of the World Rugby Championship.

“We’ve looked at quite a few players during this under-20s championship, and we’ve got some really exciting under-19s in the squad. Some of the stand-outs for me are Freddie Douglas who has played every game in the back-row as an under-19, Ferg Watson and the half-backs of Hector [Patterson] and Isaac Coates, who will all be back next year.

“So, yes, we want to win games, but it is about building and developing as part of that as well.”

Scotland U20 team to face Ireland: Jack Brown, Finlay Doyle, Johnny Ventisei, Findlay Thomson, Geordie Gwynn, Isaac Coates, Hector Patterson, Callum Smyth, Jerry Blyth-Lafferty, Callum Norrie, Euan McVie, Ruaraidh Hart, Jonny Morris, Freddy Douglas, Tom Currie

Replacements: Marcus Brogan, Robbie Deans, Ryan Whitefield, Archie Clarke, Monroe Job, Eric Davey, Andrew McLean, Finn Douglas