Scottish call for former Seaton amateur as World Cup beckons

Callum Phillips
Callum Phillips

Former Seaton amateur Callum Phillips has been named in the Scotland RL squad for this month's World Cup.

Phillips is the only West Cumbrian named in the Scottish squad, which is coached by former Haven boss Steve McCormack.

But the hooker, who turned professional with Workington Town in 2012, will have some Cumbrian company in the shape of Barrow's Shane Toal.

Scotland have named seven uncapped players in their World Cup squad along with a host of players who retain their places from last year’s successful Four Nations squad.

That also includes Wigan winger Lewis Tierney, who spent time in Workington on dual registration.

"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."

He added: "We’ve got a big group of players who I know well and trust.

"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."

Scotland's most-capped player Danny Brough of Huddersfield, will once again captain the side.

Scotland fly to Australia at the weekend and head to Ballina, where they will play a New South Wales Country XIII on Friday, October 20.

They then fly north to Cairns in Northern Queensland, where they will spend the week preparing for their Pool B opener against Tonga.

They then face New Zealand in Christchurch on November 4 before wrapping up their group campaign against Samoa back in Cairns on November 11.

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