New Zealand v Scotland: Brierley & McConnachie return for Bravehearts

Scotland, New Zealand
Scotland have played against New Zealand once before, losing in the quarter-final of the 2013 World Cup
Ladbrokes Four Nations 2016: New Zealand v Scotland
Date: Friday, 11 November Venue: Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online. Highlights on BBC One, Saturday 12 November, 13:15 GMT

Ryan Brierley and Billy McConnachie return to the Scotland squad for their Four Nations match against New Zealand in Workington on Friday.

Callum Phillips and Sam Brooks drop out of the squad following last week's defeat by England in Coventry.

New Zealand coach David Kidwell is giving opportunities to all the players yet to feature in the Four Nations.

Te Maire Martin, James Fisher-Harris and Joseph Tapine will all make their debuts for the Kiwis.

Scotland's Kane Linnet has recovered from the ankle injury picked up against England.

"It will be a fantastic atmosphere at Workington," said Scotland coach Steve McCormack. "They will come out and pack that ground and they will want to see Scotland do well.

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"We have improved, there is no doubt about that. This team has come a long way.

"The improvement from game one to game two was noticeable and we need to make that same improvement for game three. That's a big challenge."

The sides have only met on one previous occasion, New Zealand prevailing 40-4 in Leeds.

Of Scotland's 19-man squad for Friday's match, 10 featured in that World Cup loss three years ago.

Steve McCormack's men are aiming to become the first fourth-ranked side to register a victory in the Four Nations, but were heavily beaten by Australia in their opening match and, despite a flying start against England, they ultimately went down 38-12 at the Ricoh Arena.

New Zealand will be targeting a big victory to boost their chances of making the final at Anfield on Sunday, 20 November.

"It's an exciting opportunity for these young players," said Kiwis coach David Kidwell.

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"They are hungry, their effort and attitude in training has shown me that, and they'll bring a lot of energy.

"The most important thing right now is we need to win. Scotland started really well against England and we need to respect that.

"They have improved every game and if you add that on top of the conditions, we have a tough challenge ahead."

New Zealand: D Watene-Zelezniak; J Nightingale, S Kata, G Beale, D Fusitu'a; T Leuluai, S Johnson; J Bromwich (c), I Luke, A Blair, M Ma'u, T Harris, G Eastwood. Subs:T Maire Martin, M Taupau, J Fisher-Harris, J Tapine.

Scotland (from): D Addy , E Aitken, R Brierley, D Brough, T Cassel, L Coote, L Douglas, D Ferguson, B Hellewell, L Hood, B Kavanagh, K Linnett, F Mariano, B McConnachie, B Phillips, M Russell, D Scott, L Tierney, A Walker.

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