Call-ups for six Bulldogs

Call-ups for six Bulldogs

BATLEY BULLDOGS will have strong representation at international level this autumn.

They will have three players involved for three different sides in the 2018 European Championship, which serves as a qualifying competition for the 2021 World Cup in England.

Full-back Dave Scott is again involved for Scotland, being named in their 35-man train-on squad.

The Stirling-born full-back has made 12 appearances for the Bravehearts, and will be hoping to reach a third World Cup with the side.

Scott will face competition for their number one jersey from the likes of London Broncos’ Alex Walker.

“I’m looking forward to the upcoming European Championships,” said Scott.

“It’s always an honour to represent Scotland and I can’t wait to join up with the lads next week.”

Prop forward Michael Ward was called up to the Ireland squad two years ago, and is involved with the Wolfhounds again.

Meanwhile, Scott and Ward could potentially lock horns with Louis Jouffret, after the half-back was named in France’s 35-man squad for the tournament.

Jouffret has been in impressive form since moving from Saint-Esteve to Batley in July, and has been rewarded with international recognition.

He appeared in a friendly for France two weeks ago, scoring a try in their 52-4 win over Serbia.

The four nations will battle over three rounds of fixtures for the European Championship, with the top two qualifying automatically for the 2021 World Cup, set to be staged in England.

The other two sides will enter another qualification group next year.

Meanwhile, a number of locally-based players will feature in the American Championship.

Batley have had three players named in the Jamaica squad, with wingers Wayne Reittie and Keenen Tomlinson included alongside Joel Farrell.

Dewsbury Rams prop Jode Sheriffe is also in the 29-man train-on squad, as well as amateur player Danny Thomas from Dewsbury Celtic.

Former Rams boss Glenn Morrison is among the coaching staff for the Reggae Warriors, who will compete in the four-team tournament with the USA, Canada and Chile for a place at the World Cup.

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