Charlie Emslie: The Barrow Raiders forward with a World Cup goal

Josh McAllister
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Charlie Emslie is hoping to represent Scotland at this year’s Rugby League World Cup in England.

The Barrow man has one eye on the upcoming tournament, having made his first-team debut for the Bravehearts last year.

The forward, who qualifies to play for Scotland through his father, scored twice against Jamaica on his international debut that took place at Featherstone. His debut saw him earn heritage number #203.

Barrow’s Young Player of the Year in 2021 has progressed through Scotland’s system, featuring for their Under-19s and earning honours for their Students side.

Scotland have been drawn in Pool B alongside Australia, Fiji and Italy.

One eye on World Cup for Charlie Emslie

Emslie told Love Rugby League: “After making my debut last October against Jamaica, and knowing that the World Cup was coming later this year, that was the goal that I set myself at the start of this season. 

“I want to perform well this season and earn myself a place in that squad. There’s nothing bigger than that. 

“[It would] be one of the best feelings in the world. My dad is really proud of me, and to try and do him proud would mean everything.”

Emslie has been a part of Barrow’s unbeaten Championship run so far in 2022, which sees them third in the table. They have claimed wins over Sheffield, Whitehaven, Newcastle and Widnes, while drawing 18-18 with London.

They reached the sixth round of the Challenge Cup, putting up an impressive performance against Huddersfield with a crowd of more than 3,000 at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

Ian Watson’s side claimed the spot in the next round with a hard-fought 30-16 victory.

Scotland World Cup schedule

Nathan Graham’s Scotland open their campaign against Italy at Newcastle Thunder’s Kingston Park on Sunday, October 16.

They face Australia in Coventry the following Friday at the Coventry Building Society Arena. Their last group match against Fiji will be back at Kingston Park on Saturday, October 29. 

England kick-off the tournament on Saturday, 15 October, against Samoa at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. 2017 World Cup winners Australia begin their title defence the same day against Fiji at Headingley Stadium, Leeds.

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