10 uncapped players in Scots squad

New Scotland coach Steve McCormack has named 10 uncapped players in his 20-man squad for the European Nations Cup games with Wales and Ireland.

New Scotland coach Steve McCormack has named 10 uncapped players in his 20-man squad for the European Nations Cup games with Wales and Ireland.

Among the newcomers are Wakefield forward Duncan MacGillivray and former South Africa captain Jamie Bloem while the squad also includes four amateur players promoted from the Scotland A squad.

One of those, Glasgow Bulls’ Andy McPhail, broke the points-scoring record with 38 in the win over Serbia in July.

The remaining 10 players have just 40 caps between them but the side, skippered again by Leeds prop Wayne McDonald and featuring Balmain Tigers scrum-half Andrew Henderson (who paid for his own flight back from Sydney to play), contains many of the players who beat France in Narbonne in Scotland’s last international 11 months ago.

McDonald is joined by three other Super League forwards in Mike Wainwright (Warrington), who returns after a five-year absence, the Australian-born MacGillivray and Neil Lowe (Salford).

Of last year’s squad there is no place for record try-scorer Danny Arnold, while Paul Anderson, Joe Berry, John Duffy, Oliver Wilkes, Darren Shaw and Iain Morrison are all injured or having off-season operations.

“I think it’s a good mixture of experience and youth, with some size and power there as well as some extremely-gifted creative players,” said Scotland manager Richard Thewliss.

The Scots go into camp at Inverclyde tomorrow in preparation for Sunday’s game against Wales in Glasgow. Their second match is against Ireland, 25-12 winners over the Welsh yesterday, in Navan on Friday week.

Scotland squad: N Graham (Batley), A McPhail (Glasgow Bulls), J Bloem (Halifax), I Marsh (Oldham), P Shaw (Loughborough,), D Brough (York), A Henderson (Balmain), W McDonald (Leeds, capt), D McConnell (Leigh), J Howieson (Sheffield Eagles), M Wainwright (Warrington, D MacGillivray (Wakefield, A Szostak (Bradford), M Tunstall (Workington), R Marshall (Ardrossan, N Lowe (Salford), A Brown (Fife Lions), C Birchall (Halifax), S Miller (Whitehaven), J Roach (Swinton). Stand-by: S Rhodes (York).

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