BULLS duo Oscar Thomas and Brandan Wilkinson have been named in Scotland's 24-man World Cup squad.

Seven uncapped players, including Odsal youngster Wilkinson, have been selected by Bravehearts coach Steve McCormack.

Toulouse Olympique brothers Kane and Andrew Bentley are among the new recruits, who join a clutch of Super League stars in the travelling group.

Among these choices are Warrington three-quarter Matthew Russell, Wigan winger Lewis Tierney, St Helens prop Luke Douglas and Scotland's most-capped player Danny Brough of Huddersfield.

These senior players are among 14 who retain their places from last year's successful Four Nations squad.

Injuries have ruled out NRL Grand Finalists Lachlan Coote (ankle) and Kane Linnett (elbow operation) of North Queensland Cowboys, Leigh Centurions hooker Liam Hood (knee surgery), Penrith Panthers pivot Peter Wallace (broken ribs and hand) and long-term absentees Euan Aitken (shoulder) and Billy McConnochie (ACL).

Instead McCormack has turned to a batch of up-and-coming talents from the NRL and stalwarts of the Scotland scene.

Forward James Bell of NZ Warriors, Sydney Roosters' Jarred Anderson and Penrith Panthers centre or wing Lachlan Stein are included for the first time.

Wilkinson and fellow newcomer Shane Toal, who scored 28 tries for Barrow in their promotion campaign, both came through the Scotland under-19s pathway.

McCormack said: "It's just reward for those players. Brandan has played nearly every week in the Championship for Bradford in difficult circumstances this year and has developed massively.

"Shane has been a stand-out in League One and topped it all by scoring the try that got Barrow promoted last week. They are proof that there is talent coming through our pathway."

It will the youngest squad Scotland have sent to a World Cup, with three 20-year-olds (Wilkinson, Anderson and Hull KR forward Kieran Moran, an uncapped member of last year's squad), 21-year-old pair Stein and Toal and three more players aged 23 or under.

McCormack admitted: "It is a young squad – but that's exciting too.

"When we took our youngest-ever team to play in France two years ago, I said some of them would be on the plane to Australia and a lot of them will be on Sunday.

"Alex Walker (22) has been outstanding for London Broncos this season week-in, week-out and Lewis Tierney (who has just turned 23) was one of Catalans' best players in their big games at the end of the season."

Although only six players are into double figures in appearances, McCormack has retained the core of the Scotland side that reached the 2013 World Cup quarter-finals, won the 2014 European Championships and held New Zealand to a draw in the Four Nations last autumn.

Among them are former Bradford pair Ben Kavanagh and Danny Addy from promoted Hull KR, London Broncos centre Ben Hellewell and experienced Batley full-back David Scott, who started playing league at Easterhouse Panthers.

"We've got a big group of players – the likes of Brough, Douglas, Addy, Matty Russell, Kav – who I know well and trust," said McCormack.

"They have always been there for Scotland and given it their all. I know they will do that again and their experience is going to be vital to help the young lads.

"We're under no illusions how tough it's going to be but I also know it's going to be fantastic."

Scotland are also without centre Joe Wardle, who is remaining in the UK for family reasons after joining Castleford from NRL club Newcastle Knights, and Adam Walker, who is serving a drugs ban.

The Bravehearts fly to Brisbane on Sunday and play New South Wales Country on Friday, October 20 before heading to Cairns for their opening Pool B game against star-studded Tonga on Sunday, October 29.

Scotland squad (with clubs and caps): Alex Walker (London Broncos, 3), Andrew Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0), Ben Hellewell (London Broncos, 15), Ben Kavanagh (Hull KR, 14), Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford Bulls, 0), Callum Phillips (Workington Town, 5), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants, 14), Danny Addy (Hull KR, 14), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants, 23), David Scott (Batley Bulldogs, 13), Frankie Mariano (Featherstone Rovers, 2), James Bell (New Zealand Warriors, 0), Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters, 0), Johnny Walker (Darlington Point Roosters, 6), Kane Bentley (Toulouse Olympique, 0), Kieran Moran (Hull KR, 0), Lachlan Stein (Penrith Panthers, 0), Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, 3), Luke Douglas (St Helens, 8), Matthew Russell (Warrington Wolves, 8), Oscar Thomas (Bradford Bulls, 6), Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack, 2), Sam Brooks (Featherstone Rovers, 3), Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders, 2).