Scotland can create some more iconic memories like their famous Four Nations draw with New Zealand, when they go into this year’s World Cup as underdogs.
That’s the view of winger Matty Russell who is preparing for his third World Cup with Scotland, who find themselves in a group alongside Italy, Fiji and tournament favourites Australia.
Few will give Scotland much of a hope in that group but Russell believes that could work in his side’s favour so long as they channel the spirit of that famous night in Workington six years ago.
“That New Zealand draw was a memory for life so if we can create anything like that who knows,” he said.
“This is my third World Cup coming up and last year I broke my hand so I was glad they postponed it.
“I’m looking forward to it, all of my dad’s side of the family are from Scotland and it will be great to be a part of it if I get the chance. Fingers crossed I stay injury free and then I will be going to push for a fourth World Cup if I keep playing well.”
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Russell was speaking on the latest Love Rugby League Podcast in a wide-ranging chat in which he opens up about issues with alcohol and gambling that he feels have restricted his achievements in the sport so far.
Russell now feels like he is in the form and shape of his life; and the 29-year old believes Scotland could put a stronger squad together than many may think.
“Scotland has a good spine with the likes of Ryan Brierley, Lachlan Coote, Euan Aitken, Kane Linnett,” Russell said. “There are loads of Super League lads with loads of experience.
“I’ve heard some NRL names tossed up too. If we can get the squad that we have been told then we have an outsiders’ chance. It’s promising and as long as we perform we will have some great experiences.”