Double blow for Scotland
Scotland have suffered a double World Cup blow with the withdrawal of two of their NRL-based players.
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Wests Tigers forward Keith Galloway is out with a broken foot while prolific try-scorer James McManus broke his leg in the opening minutes of Newcastle Knights' play-off win over Canterbury Bulldogs.
The breaks were discovered when the players had scans in the last few days and they broke the news to Scotland head coach Steve McCormack.
A spokesman said: "Scotland are disappointed to announce that two of their NRL stars have had to withdraw from their provisional World Cup squad."
Banff-born full-back or winger McManus has scored 19 tries for Newcastle and played for New South Wales in State of Origin this season.
Prop Galloway, who won five caps for Australia in 2011, had switched allegiance to Scotland but the foot injury he suffered in Wests' final game of the season has turned out to be a stress fracture.
McCormack will announce his 24-man squad on October 1 and is expected to include three other NRL players in Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Douglas, Brisbane Broncos scrum-half Peter Wallace and North Queensland Cowboys centre Kane Linnett.
Scotland can also call on stand-off Danny Brough, second rower Dale Ferguson and centre Joe Wardle, who have played key roles in Huddersfield's march to the Super League semi-finals.