Scotland call for Castleford's Daryl Clark

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Castleford Tigers' teenage hooker, Daryl Clark, is among a host of new faces named in Scotland's squad for matches against Ireland and France.

Clark, who burst on to the Super League scene this year, is one of 16 uncapped players named in a 28-man squad.

Coach Steve McCormack has also included Clark's 18-year-old team-mate Ben Blackmore and Wakefield's Oxford-born centre Josh Griffin.

Halifax's Josh Barlow and Swinton full-back Alex Hurst are other new faces.

Hurst is a former England Under-16s rugby union international, while Clark was in January named in rugby league's England Academy squad and made his Castleford debut a month later at the age of 17.

McCormack's squad is being seen as providing further evidence of the work done by Scotland Rugby League's development team, with nine of the players having represented Scotland A and eight having donned the shirt for Scotland Students.

Scotland's squad will go into camp at Heriot-Watt University the week before playing Ireland at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday, 16 October.

Scotland squad: Dave Arnot (London Skolars), Josh Barlow, Sam Barlow (both Halifax), Ben Blackmore, Daryl Clark, Paul Jackson (Castleford), Nick Broere, Paddy Coupar, Callum Cockburn, Giles Lomax (Edinburgh Eagles), Brett Carter (Workington), John Duffy (Leigh), Josh Griffin (Wakefield), Alex Szostak, Mitch Stringer, Andrew Henderson, Jack Howieson (Sheffield Eagles), Alex Hurst, Lee Paterson (Swinton), Neil Lowe (Hunslet), Chad McGlame, Crawford Matthews (Hull), Brad Massey (Coventry), Gareth Moore (Wakefield), Jordan Rice, Jack Stearman (York), David Scott (Hull KR), Mike Stewart (Lincoln City).