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Preview: Scotland v Wales

2nd November 2018, 09:59

Preview: Scotland v Wales

Check out our preview to find out everything you need to know ahead of Wales' European Championship clash and 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

 

UP FRONT

Wales face Scotland in Galashiels at 7.30pm on Friday night as they aim to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. 

Both sides lost their respective European Championship openers. Wales were beaten 54-18 at France and Scotland were on the wrong end of a 36-10 scoreline over in Ireland.

With places at the next World Cup up for grabs for the tournament's top two, this is a must-win match for both the Welsh and Scottish.

 

THE SQUADS

Both Wales and Scotland have named their 19-man squads for the clash.

WALES 19-MAN SQUAD: Dalton Grant (Bradford Bulls), Josh Ralph (Easts Tigers), Chester Butler, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Dan Fleming, Sion Jones (all Halifax), Ben Evans, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Elliott Jenkins (Rochdale Hornets), Gavin Bennion (Salford Red Devils), Ben Morris (St Helens), Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd (both Swinton Lions), Courtney Davies (unattached), James Olds (West Brisbane Panthers), Morgan Evans, Steve Parry (both West Wales Raiders).

SCOTLAND 19-MAN SQUAD: David Scott (Batley Bulldogs), Frankie Mariano (Doncaster RL), Craig Borthwick, Lewis Clarke, Finn Hutchison, Craig Robertson (Edinburgh Eagles), Ben Kavanagh (Halifax RL), Will Oakes (Hull KR), Billy McConnachie (Ipswich Jets), Davey Dixon (Keighley Cougars), Nick Glohe (Lakes United RLFC), Sam Luckley (Newcastle Thunder), Matt Hogg (Newcastle University/Edinburgh Eagles), James Bell (New Zealand Warriors), Oscar Thomas (Sheffield Eagles), Murray Mitchell (Strathmore Silverbacks), Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack), Kane Bentley (Toulouse), Oliver Wilkes (Workington Town)

 

TALKING POINTS

There are two uncapped players in Wales' 19-man squad: Elliott Jenkins and Mike Butt.

Jenkins featured for the Dragons' U19s this summer and has now stepped up to the senior team, while Swinton Lions' Butt is in the squad after only discovering his eligibility a couple of weeks back.

 

SCOTLAND'S ONES TO WATCH

Ryan Brierley: The 26-year-old, who is currently on the books at Toronto Wolfpack, is an attacking threat from the halves. If you give him space, he has the ability to cause you plenty of problems.

Ben Kavanagh: The prop forward has lots of experience and spent most of his career at Widnes Vikings, plying his trade at the Select Security Stadium between 2008 and 2015. Signing a deal with Halifax ahead of the 2019 campaign, Kavanagh is a big unit in the middle, but he also offers a lot with ball-in-hand. 

 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE MATCH

You can keep track of what's happening on Wales Rugby League's social media channels. Follow the action on Facebook and Twitter.

There will also be a live stream on the BBC Sport website

A full match report and reaction will follow on walesrugbyleague.co.uk.