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FEATHERSTONE PAIR HEADING FOR THE 2017 WORLD CUP

FEATHERSTONE forwards Sam Brooks and Frankie Mariano will be the Rovers’ sole representatives at the upcoming Rugby League World Cup after being included in Steve McCormack’s Scotland 24-man squad.

The pair starred in the Bravehearts’ impressive Four Nations campaign last year, where Scotland battled England, Australia and New Zealand.

Having famously helped Scotland snatch a first-ever Four Nations point in a draw against the Kiwis, the pair are set to return to the international stage.

Coach McCormack said: “It is just a reward for these players. It is a young squad but that is exciting too.

“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.”

As well as youth, McCormack has included Super League experience in his new-look roster, Brooks and Mariano having featured for Widnes, Wakefield and Castleford respectively.

“We’ve got a big group of players – the likes of Danny Brough, Luke Douglas, Danny Addy and Matty Russell, who I know well and trust.” McCormack added.

“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 are under no illusions how tough it is going to be, but I also know it is going to be fantastic.”

Scotland enter the World Cup in Group B, which also features Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.

The Bravehearts commence their World Cup campaign, against Tonga, on Sunday October 29, at Barlow Park, Queensland (kick-off 4.15pm local time).