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Scotland appoint top team for Commonwealth Championships

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Scotland appoint top team for Commonwealth Championships

Scotland will be led in the Commonwealth Championships by the same management team which took them to the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. Head Coach Steve McCormack and his assistants Dave Rotheram and John Duffy, who last week committed to taking Scotland through to the end of the 2017 World Cup, have been appointed as the staff for the Scotland team in the inaugural Commonwealth Championships, which takes place in North Lanarkshire in the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Under-19 tournament will see hosts Scotland take on Australia, Wales and Jamaica in Pool A on Friday 27 June before the finals day on June 28, with all games taking place at Cumbernauld's Broadwood Stadium.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for us to work with the best young talent coming through the Scotland pathway," says McCormack, who also coaches Under-19 players at Warrington Wolves. "It makes sense that we should work closely with these lads and get to know their strengths and areas to improve because in 2017 some of these lads should be pushing for places in the World Cup squad. I know we've got some really exciting talent coming through both in the Super League Academy system and in the Scottish domestic game and I'm looking forward to bringing that together at the 9s."
The news of McCormack and Co's appointment has been well received within the existing Scotland Under-18 squad, who will be vying for places at the Commonwealth Championships. "It's brilliant for us," admits captain Richard Harris, one of three London Broncos players eligible for selection. "The chance to work with the top coaches will be amazing. It's a great incentive for all of us to get in that squad."
The tournament is being run by Rugby League European Federation and is planned to become an Under-23 event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, as it moves closer towards making a bid for full inclusion in the 2022 games.

Scotland Under-19s will also play full internationals later in the season, with opponents and fixtures to be confirmed.

Rugby League Commonwealth Championship 2014 - Format
Pool A: Australia (ranked 1), Wales (6), Scotland (11), Jamaica (23)
Pool B: England (3), PNG (7), Canada (16), South Africa (25)

Day 1 (27th June) - Pool games
Day 2 (28th June) - Semis and Finals (5 matches per nation total)

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The game really needs rugby league nines to become a commonwealth sport. 

This will lead to greater advances for the code i think. 

The Nines is a very good competition and fiercely fought contest. They will be no passengers in the Nines, the winner will be the best nation to contest. 

That is the way rugby league is played, no quarter given, none expected. 

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