Kane Linnett joins Wallace, McManus in Scotland squad

North Queensland Cowboys centre Kane Linnett has committed to Scotland for the World Cup.

Linnett, 24, was born in Wollongong and has also played in the NRL for Sydney Roosters, appearing in the 2010 Grand Final.

He said: “My mum, Anne Hardie, was born in Glasgow along with her five other brothers and sisters and moved from Camuslang to Australia at the age of nine.

“I still have loads of uncles, aunties and cousins there so playing for Scotland will mean a lot to me. “I know my family will all be watching from both here and Scotland. My grandfather, who passed away a couple years ago, would be very proud.

“World Cups don’t come around very often and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the tournament in England and meeting a new bunch of boys and performing well.”

Linnett joins Brisbane half-back Peter Wallace and Newcastle winger James McManus as new recruits for Scotland coach Steve McCormack.

McCormack said: “It’s great to have Kane available, along with Peter and James.

“We’ll confirm another NRL recruit later this week and I expect maybe one more, two at the most. 

“The vast majority of our squad will be familiar players who’ve played for Scotland before but we’re delighted to have recruited these top class talents to Scotland’s cause.”

Scotland are expected to announce a 23-man squad packed with NRL and Super League players. Among those hoping to be selected if fit are Scotland internationalists Huddersfield GiantsDanny Brough, Dale Ferguson and Joe Wardle, Michael Robertson and Ben Fisher (London Broncos), Adam Walker (Hull KR) and Jonathan Walker (Castleford), along with several leading Championship players.

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