McCormack leaves Scotland role

Steve McCormack has resigned as Scotland head coach after 13 years.

The former Salford, Whitehaven and Widnes coach took over in 2004 and has led the Scots in 37 international matches, overseeing 11 wins and the memorable draw against New Zealand.

During that time, he has handed debuts to 96 players and capped a total of 112 different players.

McCormack said: “I would like to confirm I am ending my time as head coach of Scotland Rugby League after 13 years.

“It has been a massive privilege to coach the Scotland national team for so long. To compete in three World Cups, many European Championships and a Four Nations competition is something that I am immensely proud of.

“What we have achieved over 14 international campaigns has been fantastic and there are so many highlights. I can pick from a World Cup quarter-final, a European Championship title, and a historic draw against New Zealand in the Four Nations.

“I would like to thank all the staff I have worked with and every player that has worn the Scotland jersey with pride. I have decided to stand down as head coach to enable a new coach to come in and build towards the next World Cup.

“I have enjoyed every minute of coaching on the international stage and look forward to future challenges. I am currently enjoying my role at Wigan Warriors and would also like to thank them for their support whilst I have been coaching Scotland.”

Scotland Rugby League chairman, Keith Hogg, said: “On behalf of everyone involved in Scotland Rugby League, I would like to thank Steve for all his hard work over so many years.

“Steve has been an outstanding servant of Scotland Rugby League and he leaves a tremendous legacy behind.”

Scotland will now carry out a recruitment process to appoint a new head coach ahead of the European Championships in October.