Australia v Scotland: Tyler Cassel called into Four Nations squad

Scotland's Tyler Cassel
Tyler Cassel comes into the Scotland squad
Four Nations 2016
Venues: London, Liverpool, Coventry, Huddersfield, Hull, Workington Dates: 28 October-20 November
Coverage: All England matches live on BBC TV, plus highlights of all other matches. Also live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online

Uncapped Wests Tigers centre Tyler Cassel has been drafted into the Scotland squad for their Four Nations debut against Australia.

He replaces Workington pivot Callum Phillips, who drops out because of concussion, for the tournament's opening fixture in Hull on Friday.

Australia include five new faces - Matt Moylan, Justin O'Neill, James Maloney, Jake Trbojevic and Jake Friend.

And former Wales international Tyson Frizell will make his first start.

Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Matt Gillett and Darius Boyd have been left out of the side that beat New Zealand 26-6 in Perth earlier this month.

Matt Moylan (centre) in action for Penrith Panthers
Penrith Panthers' Matt Moylan (centre) will start for Australia

Scotland captain Danny Brough admits that his side's priority at Hull KR's KC Lightstream Stadium is to avoid embarrassment against the tournament favourites.

The Bravehearts, who have never played Australia or England in their 22-year existence, are aiming to make history by becoming the first 'fourth' nation to pull off a victory over one of the big three since the tournament was expanded from the Tri-Nations in 2009.

"The aim going in is to try and nick a game," said 33-year-old Brough, who will equal Andrew Henderson's record of 21 Scotland caps.

"That's what the fourth nation has never done, so that's our main goal. But probably also not to get embarrassed and let ourselves down, because that would be a big disappointment."

Huddersfield Giants' Brough is one of seven Super League players in coach Steve McCormack's 19-man squad, which also includes four National Rugby League regulars.

McCormack, who is in charge of the Scotland team for the 13th year, is pleased with his squad despite having to do without Penrith Panthers half-back Peter Wallace.

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"Losing Peter Wallace was a big blow," Brough said. "But we've got 24 lads there willing to play and it is probably one of the best squads we've ever had.

"We're massive underdogs, we know that. We're just looking to go out there with smiles on our faces and try and compete until the 80th minute."

Meninga is confident that the Scots will not be able to succeed where fourth nation sides France, Papua New Guinea, Wales and Samoa have failed previously.

"I always planned to ensure the entire 24-man squad has played across the Perth Test and the Four Nations match against Scotland and that will set us up nicely for the rest of the tournament," he said.

"I do have an idea of what my best possible squad would be, but all players know they can break into the top team with a strong performance."

Australia team: M Moylan; J Mansour, J O'Neill, J Dugan, B Ferguson; J Maloney, C Cronk; A Woods, C Smith (capt), D Klemmer, S Thaiday, T Frizell, J Trbojevic.

Scotland squad: D Addy, D Ferguson, B Kavanagh; F Mariano; L Douglas, R Brierley, D Brough; A Walker; B McConnachie; L Hood; B Hellewell; S Powe-Hobbs; L Coote, K Linnett; E Aitken; M Russell; T Cassel; S Brooks; L Tierney.

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