- Team Name: The Bravehearts
- First Appearance: 2000
- RLWC2013 Group: Group C
- RLWC2013 Opponents: Tonga, USA and Italy
- Tournament best: One win (2008)
A Bit of History
‘The Bravehearts’ emerged on the international scene in 1995, when they were defeated 26-22 by Ireland.
The youngest of the British Isles’ constituent Rugby League nations, Scotland has since developed a keen rivalry with their Celtic counterparts, playing eight internationals over the past decade.
But Rugby League’s relationship with Scotland goes way beyond 1995. Two Scottish players featured in the first ever Rugby League test match, played in 1907 between a Northern Union representative XIII and a team of Other Nationalities, George Frater captaining the victorious Other Nationalities.
Rugby League then made its first appearance in Scotland in 1909 when Glasgow’s Celtic Park hosted a game between the Northern Union representative side and a touring Australian side.
Scotland finally progressed to the top level of international competition in 2000 when they made their first appearance at a World Cup. What they lacked in experience they made up for in commitment, losing their games against Ireland, Samoa and Aotearoa Maori all by fewer than 12 points.
In 2008 Scotland returned to the World Cup fray, where they upset Fiji in a surprise 18-16 victory before losing to Tonga in the seventh place play-off game.
The following year, Scotland reached the finals of a European Cup competition involving Lebanon, Ireland, Wales, Serbia and Italy, eventually losing to Wales.
One of Rugby League’s most well-respected coaches, Steve McCormack, will be in charge for 2013.
Squad: Danny Addy (Bradford), Sam Barlow (Halifax), Danny Brough (Huddersfield), Brett Carter (Workington), Luke Douglas (Gold Coast), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield), Ben Fisher (London), Ian Henderson (Catalan), Ben Hellewell (Featherstone), Andrew Henderson (Sheffield), Alex Hurst (London), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes), Kane Linnett (North Queensland), Gareth Moore (Batley), Brett Phillips (Workington), Matt Russell (Gold Coast), David Scott (Featherstone), Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield), Alex Szostak (Sheffield), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Jonathan Walker (Castleford), Peter Wallace (Brisbane), Oliver Wilkes (Wakefield).
Born and bred in Glasgow, so thought I'd be the first to give this little nation some support......