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Linnett fit for Scotland in Four Nations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/11/2016 Ian Laybourn

North Queensland centre Kane Linnett has overcome an ankle injury to be fit for Scotland's Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Workington.

Scotland coach Steve McCormack has made two changes for Friday's Test, recalling halfback Ryan Brierley and Ipswich Jets forward Billy McConnachie, who made their debuts in the opening 54-12 defeat to Australia.

Both were dropped for last Saturday's 38-12 loss to England but return in place of hooker Callum Phillips and prop Sam Brooks.

Linnett, scorer of Scotland's opening try in the defeat to England, has recovered from an ankle injury, much to the relief of McCormack.

"I thought Kane was a big player for us against both Australia and England," Bennett 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."

Linnett is delighted to be returning to Scotland's second home of Workington in the northern England county of Cumbria, which proved a happy hunting ground for them in the 2013 World Cup.

"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."

Scotland squad: Danny Brough (capt), Danny Addy, Euan Aitken, Ryan Brierley, Tyler Cassel, Lachlan Coote, Luke Douglas, Dale Ferguson, Ben Hellewell, Liam Hood, Ben Kavanagh, Kane Linnett, Frankie Mariano, Billy McConnachie, Brett Phillips, Matt Russell, David Scott, Lewis Tierney, Adam Walker.

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