Tierney’s Four Nations chance

Lewis Tierney in action in the Grand Final
Lewis Tierney in action in the Grand Final

Wigan winger Lewis Tierney is one of 10 uncapped players in the Scotland squad for the Ladbrokes Four Nations Series.

The 21-year-old Tierney, son of former Wigan and dual-code international Jason Robinson, is joined by Huddersfield half-back Ryan Brierley and Castleford forward Frankie Mariano in Steve McCormack’s 24-man squad.

Brierley could renew his club half-back partnership with Scotland captain Danny Brough in the absence of Australian-born Peter Wallace, the Penrith and former Brisbane Broncos scrum-half who is ruled out with an elbow injury.

The Bravehearts suffered another blow with the loss of Huddersfield centre Joe Wardle after he damaged a knee playing for his club in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Tierney, a member of Wigan’s victorious Grand Final team, will be vying with incumbent Dave Scott, of Batley, Warrington’s Matty Russell and North Queensland Cowboys’ Lachlan Coote for the full-back role.

Coote, who was in the Cowboys team that won the World Club Challenge this year, is joined by club-mate Kane Linnett, St George Illawarra threequarter Euan Aitken and Australian-born youngsters Tyler Cassel, 21, and Sheldon Powe-Hobbs, 24, who are yet to make their NRL debuts.

Mariano, who was born in Hull with roots in Cape Verde and Scotland, makes the squad having missed two previous tournaments through injury.

After a week at Heriot-Watt’s new state-of-the-art Oriam Performance Centre, Scotland move on to Barrow on Friday, October 21, to play a warm-up game against a Cumbrian Select XIII in Liam Harrison’s Testimonial match before setting up camp in Preston ahead of their opening game against Australia at Hull KR a week later.

Scotland qualified for this Four Nations tournament ahead of France and Wales.

Scotland squad: D Addy (Bradford), E Aitkin (St George Illawarra), R Brierley 
(Huddersfield), S Brooks (Widnes), D Brough (Huddersfield, capt), T Cassel (Wests Tigers), L Coote (North Queensland), L Douglas 
(Gold Coast Titans), D Ferguson (Bradford), B Hellewell (London Broncos), L Hood (Leigh), B Kavanagh (Bradford), K Linnett (North Queensland), R Maneely (Halifax), F Mariano (Castleford), B McConnachie (Ipswich Jets), K Moran (Hull KR), B Phillips (Workington), C Phillips (Workington), S Powe-Hobbs (Northern Pride), M Russell (Warrington), L Tierney (Wigan), D Scott (Batley), A Walker (Hull KR).