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Blyth-Lafferty Brothers Make History Playing Together for Scotland U20 in World Rugby U20 Trophy



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Edinburgh Rugby academy hooker Jerry Blyth-Lafferty and his brother Ollie made history by becoming the first brothers to represent Scotland U20 in a competitive fixture during the recent 123-15 World Rugby U20 Trophy match against Samoa at Hive Stadium. The siblings, known for their prowess in the front row, also played crucial roles in securing a record-breaking win by contributing three tries each.

Their parents, who have been supportive of their rugby journey, were elated with the achievement. Both Jerry and Ollie acknowledged the dedication their parents showed by ensuring they made it to training sessions over the years. Their father, a former Boroughmuir prop, played a significant role in cultivating their passion for the physical side of the game.

Reflecting on the milestone of playing together for Scotland U20, Jerry shared his sentiment on the experience, emphasizing the significance of representing their country at an international level. The camaraderie between the Blyth-Lafferty brothers was palpable on the field, with Jerry expressing his gratitude for the unforgettable opportunity.

While making their mark on the international stage, Jerry has been honing his skills at the club level by gaining valuable experience with Edinburgh A and Watsonians. This exposure has provided him with a broader perspective on the game, allowing him to adapt to different playing styles and positions across the forward pack.

Despite the friendly rivalry between different clubs, including Watsonians and Heriot’s, both brothers have showcased their versatility and adaptability on the field. Jerry’s transition between teams was seamless, thanks to the warm welcome from the Watsonians squad and the supportive atmosphere within the club.

As Scotland U20 continues their campaign in the World Rugby U20 Trophy, the team cohesion has been a driving force behind their success. Jerry highlighted the tight-knit bond within the squad, fostering both on-field chemistry and off-field friendships, strengthening their resolve for the upcoming matches.

The Blyth-Lafferty brothers have undoubtedly emerged as promising talents for the future of Edinburgh Rugby, with their exceptional performance for Scotland U20 garnering attention. As they prepare to face Japan U20 in a crucial pool stage fixture, all eyes will be on the dynamic duo to deliver another standout performance at Hive Stadium.

Rachel Adams

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