Two of Scotland’s successful under-20s team are off to France after Scottish Rugby stated they are developing a performance pathway with French club Stade Nicois.

The idea – like with Lewis Carmichael going to Western Force, Bruce Sorbie going to South Africa, Jade Konkel going to Lille and numerous players going to London Scottish – is to provide wider opportunities for Scottish players.

For the coming season five Scots will be based in Nice and will provide playing and coaching resources for the Federale 2 team.

The two Scotland under-20 caps involved are stand-off Josh Henderson, pictured, and back-row Bruce Flockhart, both BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy  Stage Three players who played at the World Rugby Championships in the summer, while former Glasgow Warrior centurion Peter Murchie will be developing his coaching with Stade Nicois.

Joining him is ex-Scotland cap Tyrone Holmes who will be starting a new career path in strength & conditioning with the French club.

David Cherry has also signed for the club from London Scottish.

What they said…

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson: “We are looking to place players into a variety of different environments, at different levels. For younger players it is to broaden their experiences and for those reaching the end of their careers to provide pathways into coaching. In return we can provide opportunities in Scotland for players from other countries who are also looking to develop.

“Our arrangement with Stade Nicois is therefore consistent with our recent activity with Western Force in Australia, Western Province in South Africa, Lille and London Scottish.”

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