Scots U21s join Southern Hemisphere tournament
Scotland's under-21 team are to play in the Southern Hemisphere Alliance under-21 tournament for the first time this summer.
The eight-team competition which will be held in New Zealand in late June/early July, meaning the under-21 team will be in New Zealand at the same time as the Senior scotland side.
The Scots have been drawn in a pool comprising Australia, South Africa and Fiji. The other pool consists of New Zealand, England, Samoa and Argentina.
The SRU's Elite Squad Co-ordinator Roy Laidlaw said: "We have been trying to get into this tournament for the last couple of years and we're absolutely delighted we now have this opportunity to compete against some of the emerging talent from the strongest rugby nations."
Scotland play Australia on Wednesday 21 June, Fiji on Saturday 24 June and South Africa on Wednesday 28 June. All the matches will be played in the North Harbour province and the team will be based in Auckland.
The winners of both pools will meet in the competition's final which will be staged as a curtain-raiser to the second Test between the Scotland and New Zealand national sides at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday 1 July. The second, third and fourth place teams also play-off against each other to determine final rankings.