Scotland have today named their squad for the Rugby League World Cup. The 24 man squad includes a host of Yorkshire based players.
Fourteen of the squad named were a part of last year's successful Four Nations Squad including Scotland's most-capped player, Danny Brough.
With injuries ruling out NRL Grand Finalists Lachlan Coote (ankle) and Kane Linnett (elbow) of North Queensland Cowboys, Leigh Centurions hooker Liam Hood (knee), Penrith Panthers star Peter Wallace (ribs) plus long-term injured Euan Aitken (shoulder) and Billy McConnochie (ACL), coach Steve McCormack has called upon some up and coming talents from both the southern and northern hemispheres.
There are seven uncapped players in the squad including brothers Kane and Andrew Bentley of Toulouse Olympique. There are also call-ups for James Bell of NZ Warriors, Jarred Anderson of Sydney Roosters, and Penrith Panthers’ Lachlan Stein. Also included are Bradford Bulls’ youngster Brandan Wilkinson and Barrow's Shane Toal both of whom came through the Scotland Under-19 pathway.
Scotland are also without centre Joe Wardle, who is remaining in the UK for family reasons having joined Castleford from NRL club Newcastle Knights, and Adam Walker, who is serving a drugs ban.
Scotland RLWC2017 squad in full:
Alex Walker (London Broncos, 3)
Andrew Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0)
Ben Hellewell (London Broncos, 15)
Ben Kavanagh (Hull KR, 14)
Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford Bulls, 0)
Callum Phillips (Workington Town, 5)
Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants, 14)
Danny Addy (Hull KR, 14)
Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants, 23)
David Scott (Batley Bulldogs, 13)
Frankie Mariano (Featherstone Rovers, 2)
James Bell (New Zealand Warriors, 0)
Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters, 0)
Johnny Walker (Darlington Point Roosters,6)
Kane Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0)
Kieran Moran (Hull KR, 0)
Lachlan Stein (Penrith Panthers, 0)
Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, 3)
Luke Douglas (St Helens, 8)
Matthew Russell (Warrington Wolves, 8)
Oscar Thomas (Bradford Bulls, 6)
Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack, 2)
Sam Brooks (Featherstone Rovers, 3)
Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders, 2)