McCormack believes Scotland’s future is bright


Scotland head coach Steve McCormack says it is an exciting time for rugby league in Scotland.

The Bravehearts make their Four Nations debut tonight against the Kangaroos.

When McCormack named his squad for the tournament he included ten uncapped players, which is a big indicator of what the future holds, according to the Englishman.

“We have built a new team again,” he said.

“In my time as coach we have probably built three teams.

“With so many debutants as well as a smattering of players who have really been committed to the cause over the last few years it is an exciting time for Scotland Rugby League.”

McCormack, who has been in charge of Scotland for over 12 years, admitted his players have been in high spirits all week.

 “The mood has been really good,” he said.

“I think the players have worked exceptionally hard and I can’t wait to see them play against the best team in the world.”

Australia may have rested several key players like Jonathan Thurston and Greg Inglis for the opener, but McCormack still warned of the challenge they pose.

“It doesn’t matter what team Australia put out,” he said.

“If you look at their 19-man squad they are all world class players.

“We have obviously done a little bit of homework on all the Australian players but whichever players turn out for them they are an outstanding team.”

No fourth-ranked nation has ever made a significant impact at the Four Nations or won a game.

But McCormack is unconcerned with what has gone on previously.

“We have just built our own goals within the squad,” he said.

“We are well aware that this competition is one of the most difficult for the fourth-ranked nation.

“I am really confident that our players have prepared well, mentally they’ll be right and in previous competitions we have always put in a great performance.”