Alex Samuel is school's captain fantastic

St Leonards school in St Andrews has spoken of its pride after former pupil Alex Samuel captained Scotland under 20s in their Six Nations opening game this week.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 11:46 am

The young Scots were handed a tough opening tie against Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park, going down 7-38.

The Irish won all three games in last year’s championship before it was postponed and are reigning champions following their 2019 grand slam success.

It was a tough ask for Samuel and his side but they battled well, it taking until the second half for Ireland to really kick clear.

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Alex Samuel during his time at St Leonards School
Alex Samuel during his time at St Leonards School

Alex, who plays in the second row, is a former pupil of both St Leonards and Madras College, learning the sport at school, with the Madrascals and also the SLM Blues, a youth rugby partnership between St Leonards school, Madras Rugby Club, and Madras college.

Former Scotland rugby international, SLM Blues and St Leonards School sports coach, Andrew Turnbull, said: “We are delighted to see Alex’s rugby career progressing. I know that for Alex, and his coaches through Madrascals, Madras RFC and the SLM Blues, captaining the Scotland U20 squad signifies an immense achievement.

"We are proud to have played a part in fostering his love of the game.”

Madras Rugby coach Edward Dunstan added that when the announcement was made that Alex was to captain the Scotland u20 team, the whole of Madras was proud of the achievement.

Alex will captain the Scotland team for the remainder of the tournament with Scotland facing England this weekend.