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Workington Town forward Bryan Hendry, from Ardrossan, has been named captain of Scotland for Friday?s opening game in the European Under-19s Rugby League Championships against Wales in Aberavon. London Skolars? Keir Bell, formerly with London Broncos, is vice captain. Hendry trained with the full Scotland squad ahead of last November?s European Nations Cup clash with Ireland at Old Anniesland before signing for Workington where he has already played against Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup.
The Scots, who will be coached by Al Stewart and managed by Kov Bahadori ? both Scotland A internationals ? are expected to challenge for the title in South Wales, having gone close last year in Glasgow. With Scotsman Jimmy Glover ? the former British Army coach - becoming Stewart?s assistant, Scotland have a potentially winning combination of passion, youth and experience.
?We think we?re a good outside bet for the Championship,? says coach Stewart, who came through the Scotland Students set up himself. ?At the recent training camp at Cockermouth in Cumbria, the squad both put the work in and played extremely hard. The coaching team expect this crop of young players to be around on the Scotland Rugby League scene for a long time, not only with the Under 19s and Students but also on to bigger and better things.?
Scotland Under-19s squad;
LIAM ANDREWS ? City of Sunderland College
IAIN LANE ? Carshalton College, London
BRIAN MALONE ? Lancaster and Morecambe Collage
ROSS MARSHALL ? Arran High School
GARY THORNTON ? Earnock High School, Hamilton
LIAM WILD ? Lakes College, Cumbria
JAMES WHITE - Peebles High School
ANDREW WORMALD ? Priesthorpe School, Leeds
SCOTLAND U19s EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE Friday 9 April: 2.30pm ? v WALES in Aberavon Sunday 11 April: 2.30pm ? v ENGLAND venue TBC
Tuesday 13 April: 5pm ? v FRANCE in Swansea
SCOTLAND Under 19s detailed Pen Pics;
Younger brother of Donald and David (Scotland Students). On last year?s tour to Serbia, Holland and Italy he was a stand out player and a great rugby future beckons.
Donald has been involved for three seasons now and last year made his ?A? international debut against Wales. A classy runner, comfortable in any position in the back line, already a seasoned campaigner!
LIAM ANDREWS ? City of Sunderland College Position: Wing.
Newcomer Liam is a gritty, hardworking customer who resides and plays in the Gateshead area.
Bobby has the potential to become team comic? great things are expected from this guy in the future. Brother of coach Kov.
A tough and gritty character with cool hands who has a strong desire to achieve the best of himself and those around him. Brother of Dan (Students).
Experienced international player - in his third season - and none more committed to the cause! Vice captain for the tournament. Moved to London Skolars from London Broncos last year. Son of a Dundonian policeman.
A no nonsense centre from Glasgow Bulls with great rugby skills. A natural Rugby League player.
Strong running and tough tacking second row, was man of the match against Italy Students on last year?s summer tour.
A powerful running forward and is expected to make a large impact on the international scene.
Bryan is a passionate leader and his experience with the full international side will stand him in good stead for the tournament. Made senior debut for Workington Town recently.
A gifted footballer from London Broncos who is making his first steps on the international scene. A bright future beckons.
A composed organiser, with Rugby League knowledge beyond his youthful years.
A reliable character with bags of rugby league experience which he will no doubt pass on to the rest of the squad.
A highly talented rugby player with a lot of potential, Ross has a lot of character and is a great listener. Recommended by Bryan Hendry.
A passionate player, waiting to make the most of his chances in this his first international season.
An experienced Rugby League campaigner from the Cumbria area, again making his first international steps.
AL STEWART - Yorkshire-bred scrum-half who played for Scotland Students before going into conditioning while at Manchester Met University. Now baed in London, he has moved from playing for London Skolars to being their fitness coach. First season in charge of Under-19s.
JIMMY GLOVER - linked up with Scotland after finishing his spell with the British Army in Germany, where he had coached the Army RL team against Scotland Students in 2002 and helped Holland against Scotland A in 2003! Now working with his countrymen, not against them!
KAVEH BAHADORI - son of an Iranian father and Scottish mother, Huddersfield-bred Kov played for Scotland Students while at Staffordshire University. Now with Huddersfield Underbank Rangers in NL3. Younger brother plays for Under-19s and Students.
PHIL SLANEY - based in Peebles, Phil is instrumental in the development of rugby league among teenagers in lower Scotland and has been a vital cog in the Students and Under-19 set-ups for several seasons.
Physios: Sally Golden, Nicole Gormley
Scotland Rugby League representatives: Kevin Rudd, John Risman.