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Scotland A have named six players from the TotalRL.com Conference in their squad to take on the RLC Lionhearts on Sunday 13 June at Hamilton RFC. Liverpool Buccaneers are well represented with prop Ash Carroll, formerly of Chorley Lynx, captaining Scotland again and being joined by club-mates Jon Fitt ? of Liverpool Hope University ? and three-quarter Mark Webster, who was a regular for Thatto Heath in the National Conference this winter. All are Scotland A regulars but coach Kevin Rudd has made six changes to the 17 who beat Ireland in the final game of last season.
Sixteen year old Callum Anderson from Peebles High School, whose brother David is also in the squad, is one of several call-ups from the Scotland Students side, and he is joined by fellow Great Britain Student international Doug Flockhart of Borders, and Fife?s Jamie Syme. Syme?s older brother Jason played for the full Scotland side alongside the likes of Alan Tait and Darrel Shelford when they beat James Lowes? Ireland in 1996.
An indication of the progress Scotland Rugby League are making is that six of the players who played against the English last season in the narrow defeat at York are now ineligible because they are playing in the LHF Healthplan National League: Neil Foster (London Skolars) and Gareth Skillen (Workington) in NL2, Andy Champ (Hemel), Tom Wild (Sheffield Hawks), Kov Bahadori (Underbank) and James Mackay (Carlisle) in NL3. Only domestically-based Scots or those playing in the RL Conference are eligible.
After the England game, Scotland take on Wales, again at Hamilton RFC on July 3 and finish the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Cup in Dublin against Ireland on August 15. Both home games will kick off at 3pm. Wales beat Ireland 56-12 in the opening game of the tournament in Cardiff three weeks ago.
Scotland A squad (with previous caps and points):
Callum Anderson (Scotland Under 19s)
David Anderson (Scotland Students) ? 6 apps, 2 goals
Andrew Borthwick (Newcastle Knights) ? 6 apps
Ash Carroll (Captn, Liverpool Buccaneers) ? 7 apps
Barry Edgar (Glasgow Bulls) ? 6 apps, 1 try, 12 goals
Jon Fitt (Liverpool Buccaneers) ? 4 apps, 1 try
Doug Flockhart (Borders) ? 4 apps, 2 tries
Dan Gordon (Scotland Students)
Robin Laing (Scotland Students) ? 2 apps, 12 goals
John MacDonald (Edinburgh Eagles) ? 2 apps
Paddy Macdonald (Scotland Students) ? 1 app, 2 goals
Scotty MacGillivray (Fife Lions) ? 6 apps, 2 tries
James Syme (Fife)
Mike Wallace (Edinburgh Eagles)
Mark Webster (Liverpool Buccaneers) ? 6 apps, 2 tries