Castleford Tigers players Dan Fleming and Jonathan Walker – along with the departing Rangi Chase – are set to give the club some involvement in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.
Prop forward Fleming has been included in the Wales squad, along with former Cas player Jake Emmitt, while Walker, also a prop, has been selected in the Scotland squad.
For 21-year-old Fleming it will crown his breakthrough season after he made his Super League debut for Cas against London Broncos at the Wish Communications Stadium in March and went on to make 11 appearances.
He will be hoping to earn a place in the Wales side that takes on Italy at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday, October 26.
Fleming said: “I’m really chuffed. I’ve worked really hard all season and to be named in the squad makes it all worthwhile.
“There are a lot of good props in there so I know I’ve got to work hard to earn a place in the team, but just being selected in the squad means a lot to me.
“Iestyn Harris (Wales head coach) called me up to let me know that I’ve been selected and to say congratulations and now I can’t wait to join up with the rest of the guys on the training camps.”
Castleford’s recent signing, Michael Channing, has not been included by Wales, however, after being ruled out through an ankle injury.
Walker has also recently been out of action with a knee injury, but will aim to prove his fitness as he looks to add to his two Scotland caps.
He lines up alongside twin brother, Hull KR’s Adam, in the Bravehearts’ squad for the World Cup.
The Scots take on Tonga in the first of their World Cup matches at Derwent Park, Workington on Tuesday, October 29.
Chase, meanwhile, has retained his spot in the England set-up, although there is no place for another former Cas favourite with Brett Ferres left out despite having a great season with Huddersfield Giants and no other Tigers players have been able to force their way in at the last minute.
Ferres is on standby for the World Cup, however, and will travel with the England squad for their training camp in South Africa.
The England squad does include three former Featherstone Lions juniors with Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow and Zak Hardaker all chosen.