Bedford Schools Fraser Dingwall proudly captained the Scotland U16 rugby
squad at the Wellington International Rugby Festival over Easter.
The week long rugby festival at Wellington College is a highly
recognised annual event involving the best U16 players from five nations (four
England Regions, Italian U17, two national Welsh squads, Scotland U16, France
East and France West).
Over the course of the festival the teams played 15 fixtures on
top of their training sessions, a gruelling programme.
In the first game, Scotland U16 comprehensively beat England North
27-17, and played some of their best rugby the week. The score line could
and should have been bigger but Scotland eased off after 10 minutes, when 17-0
The second game was a much more physical encounter against a Welsh
team who were also more tactically astute. Scotland lost the fixture but
were disappointed by the extent of the loss, particularly after the good start
they had in the festival.
Scotland had to regroup as the final game was a tough challenge
against arguably the strongest English region, England South West, who had
beaten the Welsh team that were victorious over Scotland in the previous game.
Despite being down at half time, Scotland rallied in the second half to score
14 unanswered points (including a try from Fraser) and finish the game with a
34-14 loss. Scotland had many positives to take from the game,
particularly from a hard fought second half with Fraser as captain. To show
heart to come back was a statement in itself against a team who could boast
nine members of the England Elite U16 team.
For Fraser and indeed all boys at the tournament, it was their
first taste of being in an international rugby environment. Aside from
the elite level of rugby being played, a particular highlight for Fraser was
being presented with his playing shirts by Bryan Redpath, Colin Deans and Kelly
Brown. The week was an experience that will live long in the memory of