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Oakes added to Scotland squad

Hull Kingston Rovers winger Will Oakes has been added to the Scotland squad to compete in this year’s Rugby League World Cup 2017.

The 18-year-old winger narrowly missed out on selection in the initial 24-man squad for the tournament but has now been drafted in as a replacement for Ryan Brierley.

Oakes flew out to Australia yesterday evening where he will link up with club teammates Danny Addy, Ben Kavanagh and Kieran Moran who have also been included in the squad.

The tournament begins in Australia and New Zealand later this month and Scotland coach Steve McCormack has stuck with his tried and trusted Bravehearts who took Scotland to the quarter-finals in 2013, won the 2014 European Championship and drew with then world-number one nation New Zealand last November.

The Bravehearts have been drawn in Pool B of this year’s Rugby League World Cup and will play New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga during the pool stages, with the top three teams progressing to the Quarter-Finals.

Photo: Oakes added to Scotland squad