Former Scotland under-16 cap Zach Mercer will lead England under-20s against their Scottish counterparts on Saturday evening.

The Bath No.8, 19, has been earning rave reviews during this year’s age-grade 6 Nations do date and will continue to skipper the England team following Ben Earl’s knee injury which ruled him out of the tournament.

And Mercer will have quite a few familiar faces in the opposition’s line-up  in Northampton.

That is because, from the age of 8 to 18, he lived in Scotland and even turned out for the country at under-16 level.

He had played a bit of rugby in Yorkshire before moving north just over a decade ago and when he arrived in Glasgow he joined GHA.

“I loved my rugby at GHA and it was a really good club,” he told The SCRUM last year.

“I still have lots of friends who I met at GHA and I played there until I was in S4 at school. Then I moved to go to school at Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh for a couple of years.

“The rugby there was top quality as were the facilities while I learned a lot from the likes of Rob Moffat and Roddy Deans.

“By then I had been lucky enough to have played for Scotland at under-16 level and was on the fringes of the under-18 set-up when England came calling.

“It was a tough decision to make, but the right one for me and it was funny lining-up for the under-18s against Scotland with many of my pals and former team mates in the other team.”

Last year he also played against Scotland and under-20 level and no doubt he is looking forward to doing so again this weekend coming.

Zach Mercer is pictured in his GHA days, thanks to Colin Robinson for the photo

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