The three Broncos players are named in Steve McCormack’s 27-man squad, which will be reduced to 20 ahead of the opening game against Wales at Workington’s Derwent Park on Friday, October 17.
Walker and Thomas could make their international debuts if selected. Also in the squad is incoming player Ben Hellewell (currently at Featherstone Rovers).
London Broncos head coach Joey Grima is delighted for the trio saying: “I’m really proud of the players and it’s a great opportunity for them. It’ll give them the chance to experience another side of rugby league. This is just reward for the hard work they have put in throughout this season.
“I’m particularly pleased for Oscar Thomas as he was playing rugby union just a few months ago and we’ve brought him back and he’s now getting an international opportunity. Alex Walker impressed for us in the Under-19s this year and he went on to play for the first team in our final game of the season and didn’t look at all out of place.”
Scotland head coach Steve McCormack said:
“I’m delighted with this Scotland squad, as always, we’ve been able to name an outstanding group of senior players, along with a number of exciting youngsters who are now involved in the Scotland Rugby League pathway. This year’s European Championship will be another tough competition and we’re really looking forward to getting the squad together. It’s important to build on last year’s fantastic World Cup and look to improve all aspects of performance, both on and off the field.”
McCormack has called up eight teenagers, some of whom are expected to make their debuts while others will play for Scotland under-19s on the same weekends as the senior games. London Broncos centre Harvey Burnett, Barrow’s Shane Toal, Hull KR winger Jack Stewart, and Richard Harris, who has just moved from the Broncos to Warrington, all played for Scotland Under-19s in their successful Commonwealth Championship campaign in June.
Teenage full-back Alex Walker and second-rower Sonny Esslemont have both made Super League debuts this year for London Broncos and Hull KR respectively. Another 19-year-old is Ryan Maneely, who plays hooker for Warrington Wolves in this weekend’s Super League Academy Grand Final, having been capped by England at Under-16 level. Wakefield Trinity loose forward Corbyn Kilday, who played last year for Scotland Under-18s, steps up.
Scotland gather on 12 October to prepare for the trip to west Cumbria to play John Kear’s Wales. They then face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday 25 October and finish their season against France on Friday 31 October at Galashiels. Tickets for the Wales and France games are available now on www.scotlandrl.com
SCOTLAND initial squad: Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls), Josh Barlow (Swinton Lions), Sam Barlow (Leigh Centurions), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Harvey Burnett (London Broncos), Brett Carter (Workington Town), Sonny Esslemont (Hull KR), Richard Harris (Warrington Wolves), Ben Hellewell (Featherstone Rovers), Alex Hurst (Tweed Heads Seagulls), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings), Corbyn Kilday (Wakefield Trinity), Nathan Massey (Canterbury Bulldogs), Joe McLean (Gloucestershire All Golds), Iain Morrison (York City Knights), Lee Paterson (York City Knights), Brett Phillips (Workington Town), Callum Phillips (Workington Town), David Scott (Doncaster), Jack Stewart (Hull KR), Oscar Thomas (London Broncos), Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Alex Walker (London Broncos), Jonathan Walker (Leigh Centurions), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Manelly (Warrington Wolves).