Tomorrow’s start first round of Rugby League World Cup qualifiers. Six nations remain in the European arm of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers and have been split into two groups of three. Group A is Ireland, Italy and Spain. Group B contains Scotland, Greece, Serbia. The top two nations from each group will qualify for the sixteen team men’s tournament in England 2021.
Scotland vs Serbia, 3pm KO, 26th October, Lochinch Ground, Glasgow
Referee Tom Grant, Touch Judges Dean Bowmer and Jack Smith, Reserve Official Peter Lowis, Interchange Official Dave McKervail and Match Commissioner Phil Smith
Scotland’s 19 Man Squad: David Scott* (Batley Bulldogs), Lewis Clarke* (Edinburgh Eagles), Matt Hogg* (Edinburgh Eagles/Newcastle University), Scott Plumridge* (Glasgow RL), Ben Kavanagh (Halifax), Danny Addy, Will Oakes (Hull KR), Davey Dixon, Kieran Moran (Keighley Cougars), Nick Glohe* (Lakes United Seagulls), Callum Mclelland (Leeds Rhinos), Alex Walker, Ben Hellewell (London Broncos), Dan Turland (Murwillumbah Mustangs), Sam Luckley (Newcastle Thunder), Adam Walker (Salford), Luke Douglas (St Helens), Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack), Dale Ferguson (Unattached)
Serbia’s 19 Man Squad: James Mirceski (Asquith Cheetahs Magpies), Jason Muranka (Keighley Cougars), Ilija Radan (Narabeen Sharks), Dragan Jankovic* (Partizan Belgrade), Lazar Zivkovic*, (Radnicki Nis), Aleksandar Djordjevic*, Milos Zogovic*, Stefan Nedeljkovic*, Vladislav Dedic*, Vojislav Dedic* (Red Star Belgrade), Zane Bijorac (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Daniel Marjanovic (Sydney University), Stevan Stevanovic* (Tasmajdan Tigers Belgrade), Milos Calic* (Villefranche XIII), Vladica Nikolic* (Villenueve XIII), Vladimir Milutinovic* (Villeneuve Minervois XIII), Daniel Burke (Warilla Gorillas), Ben Stevanovic, Rajko Jankovic (West Tigers)
Scotland have 5 domestic players. Callum Mclelland is the only uncapped player in the squad and is set to make his debut. Mclelland was a rising star in rugby league circles before he moved to Edinburgh as a young 17 year old to play rugby union and played for Scotland in the U20s World Cup. He returned back to play rugby league signing with Leeds Rhinos and was loaned out to Featherstone where he played most of the 2019 season. 3 players not selected from the original squad of 22 are Brandan Wilkinson (Doncaster), Oscar Thomas (Swinton Lions) and Joe Mclean (West Wales Raiders)
Serbia have 11 domestic players in squad. Stevan Stevanovic, known as the Serbian hulk, has been named as captain. Rajko Jankovic, a fulltime player with West Tigers is set to make his debut alongside Ben Stevanovic and a number of other players. Zane Bijorac from South Sydney Rabbitohs played for Serbia U19s last year and is set to make his full debut alonside Daniel Marjanovic from Sydney University. Nikola Srbljanin*, Dzavid Jasari* (Partizan Belgrade) and Predrag Keglic*, (Red Star Belgrade) are 3 players which not selected from the original squad of 22.
This game is not being streamed live however the RLEF will have a media lead at the game in James Vukmirovic.
Second match Spain v Ireland will be live streamed from 5 p.m on the You Tube by Canal PMC Valencia. Direct link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHiI25RoR6_nP6FBs08JjRg/live