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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2008, 07:02 GMT
Quins ace tipped for England call
By Paul Fletcher

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
McCarthy-Scarsbrook made his Super League debut in 2006
Harlequins coach Brian McDermott is tipping "freak" prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for a place in England's World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old Londoner is about to start his third Super League season.

McDermott told BBC Sport: "In my opinion it is more than realistic that Louie goes on tour with England at the end of the season for the World Cup.

"For a big man, he is quicker than some of our outside backs. Every now and again you get a bit of a freak."

Lewisham-born McCarthy-Scarsbrook was signed by Quins from Greenwich Admirals and made his debut in the 60-0 home defeat by Leeds Rhinos in March 2006.

Since then he has gone on to make 16 Super League appearances for the London club and would have made more but for a toe injury sustained last season.

I would love to get international honours, that would be class

Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook

A Super League young ambassador, he is keen to make the same sort of impact that Bradford forward Sam Burgess did during 2007.

Burgess was rewarded for a superb breakthrough season at the Bulls with a place in the Great Britain squad.

He went on to score a try on his debut in the first Test as the Lions clinched a 3-0 series whitewash.

"I don't like looking to far into the future, but I would love to get international honours, that would be class," McCarthy-Scarsbrook told BBC Sport.

"I would love to do the same as Burgess did. He was at a great club that enhanced his talent and hopefully Quins can do the same for me."

McDermott is a former international prop himself, so McCarthy-Scarsbrook should be in good hands.

"I think he can have a big impact but I'm not going to build the bloke up," added the Quins coach, who won three caps for Great Britain.

"He is a great representation of what league in London is. Louie is not going out to try to be our best player but the best he can be. That is a trait of his."

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