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Scotland under-20s winger Henry's style still influenced by early coaching in Highlands


By Andrew Henderson

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Former Dingwall Academy pupil Jacob Henry believes his early rugby coaching in the Highlands influenced how he plays to this day.

The 19-year-old winger was reflecting on a hit and miss Six Nations campaign with Scotland’s under-20s side, where Henry started all five matches.

Winger Jacob Henry scored a try in Scotland’s 29–22 defeat at home to France in their penultimate under-20s Six Nations match. Picture: SRU/SNS Group
Winger Jacob Henry scored a try in Scotland’s 29–22 defeat at home to France in their penultimate under-20s Six Nations match. Picture: SRU/SNS Group

Defeats in their first two matches away to Ireland and at home against England were followed up by a narrow win over Italy, before another close match went France’s way.

But Scotland were able to round off the campaign – as one of just two sides to complete all five matches – with a 52–17 victory over Wales.

Becoming a key part of the Scotland age-group set-up shows how far Henry has come since his first sessions at Ross Sutherland.

He changed clubs several times, making his senior debut for Highland before moving down to Melrose, where he took part in the inaugural Super6 season as a member of the Southern Knights squad.

Also a Fosroc Academy player, Henry says he owes his style of play to his roots in the Highlands – and he has worked hard to improve.

“The things I learned up north is still the style that I play with now,” Henry insisted.

Read more in today's North Star.


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