Warriors rookie forward James Bell is one of seven uncapped players named to play for Scotland at the Rugby League World Cup.

The former New Zealand Maori representative will turn out for the Bravehearts after qualifyiying through his Scottish grandfather.

The 23-year-old back-rower made his NRL debut off the bench in the Warriors round 21 clash against Cronulla after impressing for the club's second tier Intrust Super Premiership side.

"Both my parents are Maori but my pop on my dad's side is actually full Scottish, so he came here straight from Scotland," Bell told the Herald earlier this year.


"My family are from Taupo, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, but I was born and raised in Papakura."

Bell could find himself lining up against some of his Warriors teammates with Scotland in Pool B together with Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.

Scotland open their campaign against Tonga in Cairns before facing the Kiwis in Christchurch on November 4.

Long-serving coach Steve McCormack will take the youngest ever Scotland squad to a World Cup, with three 20-year-olds - Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford), Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters) and Kieran Moran (Hull KR) - facing a baptism of fire.

The Bravehearts held the Kiwis to an 18-all draw in their last match, a dramatic Four Nations clash in Workington last November, but will have just 10 survivors from that game following a spate of withdrawals.

Already without Leeds prop Keith Galloway, St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken and Penrith hooker Peter Wallace, Scotland have lost the services of injured North Queensland pair Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett.

They are also hit by the absence of former Hull KR prop Adam Walker, who was withdrawn from the train-on squad after testing positive for cocaine, while centre Joe Wardle is unavailable for family reasons, having just returned from Australia to join Castleford.

Bell and Penrith's Lachlan Stein are among the new faces, while McCormack can call on Super League experience in the shape of wingers Matthew Russell, Lewis Tierney and former Cronulla and Gold Coast prop Luke Douglas.

"It is a young squad but that's exciting, too," said McCormack.

"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."

Scotland fly to Brisbane on Sunday and play New South Wales Country on October 20 to prepare for their opening pool B game against Tonga in Cairns on October 29.

Scotland: Alex Walker, Ben Hellewell (both London Broncos), Andrew Bentley, Kane Bentley (both Toulouse), Danny Addy, Ben Kavanagh, Kieran Moran (all Hull KR), Brandan Wilkinson, Oscar Thomas (both Bradford), Callum Phillips (Workington), Danny Brough (capt), Dale Ferguson (both Huddersfield), David Scott (Batley), Frankie Mariano (Featherstone), James Bell (Warriors), Jarred Anderson (Sydney Roosters), Johnny Walker (Darlington Point Roosters), Lachlan Stein (Penrith), Lewis Tierney (Wigan), Luke Douglas (St Helens), Matthew Russell (Warrington), Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack), Sam Brooks (Featherstone), Shane Toal (Barrow).

- With AAP