SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
This page was updated on the 14/3/14
Foundation Year – 1995
International Team – Bravehearts
Highest finish in World Cup – Ranked 8th (2008)
Top level domestic competition – Scotland have an eight team rugby league conference.
History – Scotland’s first major involvement in rugby league was in the 1995 Emerging Nations World Cup. Scotland were grouped with Russia, United States and the eventual winners of the tournament the Cook Islands. Scotland defeated Russia 34 -9 and the United States 38 – 16 but could not overcome the Cook Islands 21 -10, just missing out on the final.
As a sign of their progress Scotland participated in the World Cup for the first time in 2000. Scotland had a tough pool being grouped with Samoa, Ireland and the NZ Maori. Scotland failed to register a win and did not progress pass the pool games.
in 2006/2007 Scotland played in the 2008 World Cup qualifiers. Scotland played two games against Wales winning and losing one game. Scotland qualified for the World Cup based on a better for and against then Wales. This was a great achievement with the team mainly comprised of players from the local Scottish league. On back of this Scotland were ranked 4th in the European Rankings.
Scotland were grouped with France and Fiji for the Pool rounds in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. They were the underdogs of the tournament with many expecting them not to win a game in the Pool rounds. Scotland defied the critics by winning their first ever World Cup game against Fiji in Gosford. It was not enough to secure a qualifying semi final birth but provided Scotland with something to build on for the future. In the Ranking game against Tonga, Scotland were outclassed by Tonga and secured the 8th spot in the World Cup Rankings.
In 2008 Scotland were ranked 4th in European seedings by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF). Scotland’s finish in the World Cup puts them at 8th in overall RLIF rankings.
In 2009 the Edinburgh Eagles created history by becoming the first Scottish team to make it to the second round of the Challenge Cup.
In early 2009 Scotland were ranked 9th in World seedings by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
In late 2009 Scotland participated in the European Cup competition along side Lebanon, Ireland, Wales, Serbia and Italy. Scotland made it to the European Cup final but could not overcome a determined Welsh outfit. By finishing 2nd Scotland have secured their place in the 2010 European Nations Cup. The 2010 version will see the winner qualify as the 4th team in the 2011 Four Nations series due to be played in the northern hemisphere.
Recently the Rugby Football League (RFL) have taken a more hands on role in the development of the sport in Scotland. A whole round of Super League matches will take place at Murryfield in 2009 to help promote the sport in Scotland.
Scotland have been placed in Group C in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) and will play all their Pool games in England. On October 29th (Tuesday) they will open their World Cup campaign against Tonga at Derwent Park, Workington. Their next match is also at Derwent Park, Workington where they take on RLWC new comers Italy on November 3rd (Sunday).Then Scotland’s last pool game will be a cross group match against other RLWC new comers the United States on November 10th (Sunday) at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
For the latest 2013 RLWC match information and results for Scotland visit our 2013RLWC page and click here
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SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS
2014 Rugby League Results
Oct 31st Scotland 22 v France 38, Galashiels (European Championship)
Oct 25th Ireland 4 v Scotland 25, Dublin (European Championship)
Oct 17th Scotland 42 v Wales 18, Workington (European Championship)
2013 Rugby League Results
Nov 15th 8.00pm New Zealand 40 v Scotland 4 (World Cup QF 1)
Nov 7th 8.00pm Scotland 22 v USA 8 (World Cup)
Nov 3rd 4.00pm Scotland 30 v Italy 30 (World Cup)
Oct 29th 8.00pm Scotland 26 v Tonga 24 (World Cup)
Oct 19th Scotland 20 v Papua New Guinea 38 (RLWC warm-up match)
2012 Rugby League Results
Oct 28th Scotland 24 – England Knights 62 (European Cup)
Oct 14th Scotland 18 – Ireland 30 (European Cup)
2011 Rugby League Results
Oct 29th France 46 – Scotland 10 (Test Match)
Oct 16th Scotland 26 – Ireland 6 (Test Match)
2010 Rugby League Results
Oct 24th Ireland 22 – Scotland 42 (European Cup)
Oct 16th France 26 – Scotland 12 (European Cup)
Oct 10th Scotland 22 – Wales 60 (European Cup)
2009 Rugby League Results
Nov 8th Wales 28 – Scotland 16 (European Cup Final)
Oct 31st Scotland 22 – Lebanon 10 (European Cup)
Oct 17th Scotland 104 – Italy 0 (European Cup)
2008 Rugby League Results
Nov 8th Tonga 48 – Scotland 0 (World Cup Ranking)
Nov 5th Scotland 18 – Fiji 16 (World Cup)
Oct 26th France 36 – Scotland 18 (World Cup)
2007 Rugby League Results
Nov 4th Wales 18 – Scotland 16 (World Cup Qualifier)
Oct 27th France 46 – Scotland 16
2006 Rugby League Results
Oct 29th 2006 Scotland 21 – Wales 14 (World Cup Qualifier)
2005 Rugby League Results
Oct 23rd Ireland 12 – Scotland 6
Oct 16th Wales 22 – Scotland 14
2004 Rugby League Results
Oct 29th Ireland 43 – Scotland 10
Oct 26th Ireland 24 – Scotland 22
Oct 24th Scotland 30 – Wales 22
2003 Rugby League Results
Nov 9th Scotland 8 – France 6
Oct 26th Ireland 24 – Scotland 22
2001 Rugby League Results
Jul 3rd Scotland 42 – France 20
2000 Rugby League Results
Nov 5th Samoa 20 – Scotland 12 (World Cup)
Nov 1st Ireland 18 – Scotland 6 (World Cup)
Oct 29th NZ Maori 17 – Scotland 16 (World Cup)
1999 Rugby League Results
Oct 31st Ireland 31 – Scotland 10
Oct 22nd Scotland 36 – Wales 16
1998 Rugby League Results
Nov 18th Ireland 17 – Scotland 10
Nov 11th France 26 – Scotland 22
1997 Rugby League Results
Jul 9th France 22 – Scotland 20
1996 Rugby League Results
Aug 6th Scotland 26 – Ireland 6
1995 Rugby League Results
Oct 20th Cook Islands 21 – Scotland 10 (Emerging Nations World Cup)
Oct 18th Scotland 38 – United St 16 (Emerging Nations World Cup)
Oct 16th Scotland 34 – Russia 9 (Emerging Nations World Cup)