Elliott Whitehead of England competes with Ben Hellewell and Kane Linnett of Scotland during the Four Nations match in Coventry
Elliott Whitehead of England competes with Ben Hellewell and Kane Linnett of Scotland during the Four Nations match in Coventry Stephen Pond

Cowboy Linnett ready to take on Kiwis in Test battle

RUGBY LEAGUE: North Queensland premiership centre Kane Linnett has recovered from an ankle injury and will line up for Scotland in its Four Nations clash with New Zealand Saturday morning (AEST) at Workington.

The 27-year-old, who has played 147 NRL games, including 124 with the Cowboys, scored Scotland's opening try in the defeat to England last week.

"I thought Kane was a big player for us against both Australia and England,” Scotland coach Steve McCormack said.

"He is a quiet achiever in this team and if you speak to anybody at North Queensland Cowboys, they will tell you how good he is. They have got some world class players in that team and Kane is one of them.

"I think every time he has played for us, whether it be in the World Cup or Four Nations, he has been great.

"I like the way he goes about his business because he works hard and keeps his head down and he is world-class for me.”

Linnett, whose mother is Scottish, was excited to be returning to Workington, where they had success during the 2013 World Cup.

"Whenever we play there we get a great crowd,” Linnett said.

"We have played some of our best footy there and caused an upset against Tonga there a few years back, so I think if we can get a good kicking game then that would put us in good shape.”

The Scots made two changes, recalling halfback Ryan Brierley and Ipswich Jets forward Billy McConnachie, who both made their debuts in the opening 54-12 defeat to Australia before being dropped for last Saturday's 38-12 loss to England.

Brierley has recovered from the ankle sprain, while McConnachie gets another chance after impressing in training, with hooker Callum Phillips and prop Sam Brooks making way.


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