Local rugby player selected for Scotland

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CARNOUSTIE rugby player Michael Liness (pictured above), who started his rugby career with Carnoustie Mini/Midi Rugby Club and then went on to play for Angus Colts, has won his first international jersey.

Michael played for the Scotland Under-20 team against England Counties’ Under-20 side in Leeds on Friday night in which the Scots won 18 points to 15 in a hard-fought encounter.

After the game, Michael said: “It was really fast and furious but I stuck in well and got a few good tackles in, one was a great hit!”

Michael now plays his rugby at hooker for Edinburgh Academicals, having switched position last season from flanker.

His coach of many years, Bill Bowles, is delighted at young Liness’s success. “It is absolutely fantastic that Michael has got international recognition. He has shown great promise from an early age. “It goes to show that even small clubs like Carnoustie can produce quality players and gives our new crop of youngsters something to set their sights on.”

Michael is on stand-by to join the Scotland under-20 squad for the Junior World Cup next month in Northern Italy.