Local Name: Alba
Team Name: The Bravehearts
Colours: Blue and White
First WC Appearance: 2000
No. Of RLWC Titles: 0
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Compared to the other ‘home nations’ Scotland were slow off of the blocks when it comes to international Rugby League but other the past decade or so, the country have made great strides forward.
Scotland Rugby League
The Braveheart’s first major taste of international rugby League came in 1995 in a close 26-22 loss to Ireland and just 5 years later the Scots had progressed enough to qualify for the Rugby League World Cup.
Although they lost all of their games at that competition, all were by fewer than 12 points.
In 2008, Scotland went on to record their first ever World Cup victory in a shock 18-16 victory over Fiji which helped give the Scots the belief they needed to win at the very top level.
In 2009 they used that new found belief to go onto reach the finals of the European cup before losing to Wales.
Scotland relay on a good mixture of both Scottish nationals and heritage players with a wealth of NRL and Super League experience and can be relied upon to always but in a good effort.
Having shocked the Rugby League world by qualifying for the 2016 4 Nations, the Braveheart’s went into the tournament as the vast underdogs as they face the giants of Australia, England and New Zealand. After losing comfortably in their opening match to Australia, Scotland learnt quickly and put in a much-improved performance against England before pulling off one of the biggest shocks in Internationals Test match rugby history and the biggest shock of the 4 nations history as they held the then number 1 team in world New Zealand Kiwis to a 16-16 draw.
Scottish National Rugby League Team
Whilst it is fair to say that Scotland have had to rely far too much on heritage players down the years, there can be no denying the pride and commitment that the player shave shown to the badge as the country have become a mainstay of the World Cup and they have also pulled off one of the biggest shock results of the modern era when they took on a grabbed a draw against the mighty New Zealand in 2016.
Colours and Kit
As you would expect from a Scottish national team, when The Braveheart’s take to the field it is in a mainly blue kit with touches or white, although the country have played in some unique variants over the years including wearing tartan coloured shorts.
Scotland are yet to enjoy much title or trophy winning success on the international stage but they did win the 2014 European Cup, which then helped them to qualify for the 2016 4 Nations.
By having to rely on heritage players in the main throughout their existence, the stand out players for the country have often been English or Australian players and that has left them unable to attract top stars who may put their birth nation above them but there have been 2 stand out stars over the last couple of decades.
Danny Brough has captained the team to their best results and is the country’s leading points scorers whilst Lachlan Coote has been a stand out performer since making himself available and has represented Scotland in the Great Britain set up.
There is now a domestic scene in Scotland and whilst they have struggled for finances and stability, there have been some success stories including the Edinburgh Eagles who have been one of the trailblazers of the sport in the country and who have not only qualified and participated in the Challenge Cup but perhaps most importantly, they have gone ion to produce players for the internationals team, including at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup when stand-off Paddy Couper made it into the Scottish team that headed down under.
The Scottish national Rugby League team was first established in 1995, when Great Britain disbanded, aside from tours although the sport has a long history dating back to 1904 in the country.
Scotland’s first ever international was against Ireland and the 2 have developed a small rivalry over the years.
They qualified for their first ever World Cup in 2000 but unfortunately the Braveheart’s lost every match, although the widest margin was just 12 points, which did give some hope for the future.
They then went on to qualify for the 2008 World Cup after defeating Wales over 2 matches and did not need to qualify for the 2017 edition on the back of strong performances including qualifying for the 2016 4 Nations, where they enjoyed that incredible night against New Zealand.
The countries ongoing success at reaching major tournaments continued when they qualified for the 2021 RLWC.
With Scotland having access to heritage players form across the globe, the hope for all Rugby League fans is that they can continue to develop their domestic scene and start to produce more players of their own.
If those pathways can open, they could soon become one of the powerhouses of the European game and start to Challenge the likes of Wales and France.
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