ACHARA LEADS SCOTS AGAINST AULD ENEMY

kieron_achara_568Great Britain international Kieron Achara will head up Scotland’s squad for this weekend’s double-header with England at Meadowbank.

American-based forward Ali Fraser and newcomer Ben Warrington of Boroughmuir Blaze have also been included by coach Iain Maclean in a 12-strong line-up for the two friendlies on Saturday and Sunday,

“We have a long term plan, and our main goal is the European Championship of the Small Countries next year,” said Maclean. “Against England, we will put 100% effort and we will fight to win.”

England coach Paul James has named three members of Leicester Riders’ treble-winning side in his squad.

11 of his 12-strong line-up comes from the BBL with Leeds Carnegie’s Jack Stannard the sole inclusion from the lower-tier EBL.

With no Great Britain caps available, James has also called up Kalil Irving from his own Worcester Wolves team for the Meadowbank double-header.

Scotland: Kieron Achara (Kavala), Ifedade Thomas (Troon), John Browne, Ben Warrington (Boroughmuir), Gareth Murray, Jonny Bunyan (Glasgow Rocks), Scott Russell (Falkirk Fury), Nick Collins, Fraser Glass, Kevin Scott (Glasgow Storm), Mathew Dick (Stirling), Ali Fraser (University of Maine)

England: David Watts, Stefan Gill (Manchester Giants), Barry Lamble. Anthony Rowe, Jamell Anderson (Leicester Riders), Kalil Irving (Worcester Wolves), Jack Stannard (Leeds Carnegie), Jordan Spencer, Orlan Jackman, Tayo Ogedengbe (London Lions), Mike Tuck (Sheffield Sharks)

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