Jamaica announce squad for Scotland clash

Michael Lawrence in action for Jamaica
Michael Lawrence in action for Jamaica

Jamaica have announced their squad for Sunday’s test match against Scotland.

The Reggae Warriors take on the Bravehearts at the Millennium Stadium in Featherstone on Sunday, 3pm kick-off,

Jamaica are looking to bounce back from last Friday’s defeat against the England Knights in Jordan Turner’s testimonial at Castleford.

Super League players Ashton Golding and Michael Lawrence are included again, but Turner is not available. Sheffield Eagles half-back Izaac Farrell and Bradford winger David Foggin-Johnston could make their Jamaica debuts.

Jamaica coach Romeo Monteith said: “We are excited to face Scotland for the first time, they are ninth-ranked in the world, a strong team with a host of Super League players and should give us another stern test.

“We expect an exciting brand of open rugby from both teams which should be a treat for the fans. We picked up a few knocks in our game against England Knights, but these two weeks with consecutive matches against strong nations is exactly what we need to give us an idea of what it will be like in the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Scotland coach Nathan Graham has included six uncapped players in his 20-man squad – Kieran Buchanan, Charlie Emslie, Guy Graham, Rob Oakley, Jack Teanby and Lachlan Walmsley.

Graham said: “The sessions have been great in terms of getting people together after a couple of years away from the international arena.

“It was tough to pick a squad of 20 but I am confident we have the personnel to perform well on Sunday. We have a lot of newcomers to the group and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the mix.”

Scotland have confirmed that 10 players are unavailable due to injury, including Super League Grand Final-winning full-back Lachlan Coote.

Jamaica: Greg Johnson (Batley), David Foggin-Johnston (Bradford), Jon Magrin, Keenen Tomlinson (Dewsbury), Danny Bravo, Ross Peltier, (Doncaster), James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax) Ashton Golding, Michael Lawrence (Huddersfield), Aaron Jones-Bishop, Alex Brown, Jordan Andrade, Jy-mel Coleman (Hunslet), Mo Agoro, (Keighley), Jacob Ogden (London Broncos) Izaac Farrell, Joel Farrell (Sheffield), Joe Brown (Workington), Ben Jones-Bishop (York).

Scotland: Danny Addy, Sam Luckley (Salford), Ryan Brierley, James Bell, Ben Hellewell, Liam Hood (Leigh), Kieran Buchanan (Batley), Davey Dixon, Will Oakes (Dewsbury), Charlie Emslie (Barrow), Dale Ferguson, Alex Walker (Featherstone), Guy Graham, Oscar Thomas, Lachlan Walmsley (Whitehaven), Ben Kavanagh (Halifax), Joe McClean (Hunslet), Kieran Moran (Keighley), Rob Oakley (London Broncos), Jack Teanby (York).

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