Hunslet duo aiming for Scotland World Cup spots

Drew Darbyshire

Hunslet duo Joe McClean and Tom Ashton are targeting spots in Scotland’s squad for this autumn’s World Cup.

Prop or back-rower Joe McClean played in Scotland’s last match, the World Cup qualifier against Greece in London in November 2019, which the Bravehearts won 42-24. He qualifies to play for Scotland through his mother.

McClean said: “I’d love to be involved in the World Cup! I’ve made around half-a-dozen appearances for Scotland since 2014 and I’ve enjoyed every single minute.

“Playing in the World Cup would be a dream fulfilled, but my first goal is to perform to the best of my ability for Hunslet, and hopefully with that make an impression on the selectors.”

Outside-back Ashton is eligible to play for Scotland through his father and recently filed relevant paperwork with Scotland RL. Ashton has played for Scotland RU Under-19s previously.

Ashton said: “My immediate priority is to impress for Hunslet as we bid for promotion and, if I do that, also catch the eye of the Scottish selectors.

“Hopefully they’ll be monitoring Hunslet’s games in any case, assessing how Joe’s progressing, and I can produce performances that will confirm my credentials.”

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