Rugby League World Cup: Scotland to make two changes, New Zealand at least four
Last Updated: 14/11/13 5:09am
Kane Linnett: Returns to the centres
Scotland coach Steve McCormack is set to make just two changes for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Leeds.
Centre Kane Linnett and hooker Ian Henderson have both recovered from rib and knee injuries respectively that forced them to miss the Bravehearts' last group match against the USA last Thursday, and go straight back into the starting line-up.
Henderson's return is timely following the loss of veteran number nine Ben Fisher, who pulled out of last week's match after tearing a calf muscle in the warm-up.
Linnett's return at centre will release the versatile Danny Addy to plug the gap in the second row caused by the loss of Dale Ferguson through suspension.
New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney will make at least four changes to the team that beat Papua New Guinea.
Skipper Simon Mannering returns, along with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and second rower Frank Pritchard, who were all rested for last week's final Group B match.
And Kevin Locke will take over at full-back from Josh Hoffman, who went off with a shoulder injury in the 52-10 victory over the Kumuls.
Hoffman is expected to recover in time but Kearney said: "I think Kevin is the best man for the job this week."
Scotland: (probable) M Russell; D Scott, B Hellewell, K Linnett, A Hurst; D Brough (capt), P Wallace; A Walker, I Henderson, L Douglas, B Phillips, D Addy, B Kavanagh.
Subs: (from) A Henderson, M Stringer, A Szostak, O Wilkes, S Barlow, B Carter.
New Zealand: (probable) K Locke; R Tuivasa-Sheck, D Whare, B Goodwin, M Vatuvei; K Foran, S Johnson; J Bromwich, I Luke, J Waerea-Hargreaves, F Pritchard, S B Williams, S Mannering (capt).
Subs: (from) S Kasiano, B Matulino, S Moa, J Nightingale, F-P Nu'uausala, E Taylor.