Scotland Name Squad for Country U23 Match in Ballina

Updated: October 12, 2017

The Country U23’s will take on a new look Scottish side in Ballina, with the Braveheart’s naming seven uncapped players in their Rugby League World Cup Squad alongside a clutch of Super League stars including Warrington three-quarter Matthew Russell, Wigan winger Lewis Tierney, St Helens prop Luke Douglas, and Scotland’s most-capped player, Danny Brough of Huddersfield.

Whilst injuries have ruled out Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett and Peter Wallace; Coach Steve McCormack has turned to a clutch of up and coming talents from the NRL and stalwarts of the Scotland scene.

McCormack told he was excited by the players at his disposal.

“It is a young squad but that’s exciting, too,” admitted McCormack.

“When we took our youngest ever team to play in France two years ago, I said some of them would be on the plane to Australia and a lot of them will be on Sunday. Alex Walker (age 22) has been outstanding for London Broncos this season, week-in, week-out and Lewis Tierney (who has just turned 23) was one of Catalans’ best players in their big games at the end of the season.”

“We’ve got a big group of players – the likes of Brough, Douglas, Addy, Matty Russell, Kav – who I know well and trust,” says McCormack. “They have always been there for Scotland and given it their all. I know they will do that again and their experience is going to be vital to help the young lads. We’re under no illusions how tough it’s going to be, but I also know it’s going to be fantastic.”

Ballina will host a festival of football on Friday, 21st October, when the Country U23’s Representative team take on Scotland in their final match before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The brightest young talent in Country Rugby League will have the opportunity to impress against some of the world’s best players, with the Scotland Bravehearts taking on the Country side at Ballina’s Kingsford Smith Park.

Some of the best rugby league talent on the North Coast will be on show in Ballina with Group 2 Ladies League Tag Premiers Coffs Harbour taking on NRRRL Premiers Byron Bay and Group 1 and Group 18 going head-to-head in an U16’s trial for the Northern Rivers Country Championship side.

The Country U23 v Scotland match will be live streamed courtesy of BarTV Sports.

Country U23’s v Scotland – Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, Friday 20th October

4:30pm – Coffs Harbour v Byron Bay (Ladies League Tag)

5:30pm – Group 1 v Group 18 (U16’s)

7:00pm – Country U23’s v Scotland Bravehearts

Scotland RLWC2017 squad:

Alex Walker (London Broncos)
Andrew Bentley (Toulouse Olympique)
Ben Hellewell (London Broncos)
Ben Kavanagh (Hull KR)
Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford Bulls)
Callum Phillips (Workington Town)
Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants)
Danny Addy (Hull KR)
Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants)
David Scott (Batley Bulldogs)
Frankie Mariano (Featherstone Rovers)
James Bell (New Zealand Warriors)
Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters)
Johnny Walker (Darlington Point Roosters)
Kane Bentley (Toulouse Olympique)
Kieran Moran (Hull KR)
Lachlan Stein (Penrith Panthers)
Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors)
Luke Douglas (St Helens)
Matthew Russell (Warrington Wolves)
Oscar Thomas (Bradford Bulls)
Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack)
Sam Brooks (Featherstone Rovers)
Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders)