Scotland have announced their provisional squad ahead pf the Rugby League World Cup 2017 down under this autumn. Head coach Steve McCormack has stuck with his tried and trusted Bravehearts who took Scotland to the quarter-finals in 2013, won the 2014 European Championship and drew with then world-number one nation New Zealand last November.
Scotland Rugby League have today announced that three players have been released from their 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad for misconduct.
Scotland have included 12 members of their World Cup squad that reached the quarter-finals in their player pool for the up-coming European Championships. Head coach Steve McCormack has named a 26-man squad which will be reduced to 20 ahead of the opening game against Wales at Workington’s Derwent Park on Friday 17 October.
For the first time in over 10 years as Scotland head coach, Steve McCormack is spoilt for choice this year as he selects his squad to defend their European Championship crown next month. There have never been so many Scotland international players in the professional game with almost 50 capped at full, ‘A’, Student or U19 level playing in England’s three professional divisions or in Australia’s NRL.
Add to that are another half dozen or so full-time professionals who are eligible for Scotland who have been in contact with the management team this season to show their eagerness to represent their family’s roots.
Scotland have added two young players from Australia’s NRL to their provisional Rugby League World Cup squad. James Bell of New Zealand Warriors and South Sydney Rabbitohs’ winger Campbell Graham both made their NRL debuts last week and have been drafted into the Bravehearts player pool for the tournament down under in October.
Scotland begin the defence of their European Championship crown in Wrexham tomorrow night, with head coach Steve McCormack looking to youth as the Bravehearts aim to keep hold of the first silverware they’ve won.
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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.
2021 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POOL B – GREECE 24 SCOTLAND 42 - Report
Luke Douglas’s last charge of his professional career, which saw him score for Scotland from 20 metres out, ensured that the Bravehearts qualified for their fifth World Cup, with a 42-24 triumph over Greece in London.