Chester and Duffy named new Scotland head coaches

Scotland have confirmed the appointment of Chris Chester and John Duffy as Joint Head Coach.

The duo, who coach Wakefield and Featherstone respectively, have been handed the role following the departure of Steve McCormack, who left after last year’s World Cup.

“We were very impressed with the number and quality of applicants for the role,” said Scotland RL Chairman Keith Hogg.

“Applications came from all over the world and included a number of experienced coaches many of whom have played for Scotland. We were very pleased with the enthusiasm of so many coaches to be involved with Scotland Rugby League and thank them all for their interest in the role.”

Duffy has a long-standing relationship with the setup, having been involved as a player and a coach over the last 20 years.

“Being involved with Scotland has been an important part of my life and my family’s life for 20 years,” he said.

“I am enormously proud of the progress that we have made over the years and immensely honoured to be appointed as Head Coach. I know that Chris and I will work well together and look forward to leading the team in the 2018 European Championships.”

Chester added: “I really enjoyed my involvement with Scotland in 2012 and have watched their development since then with considerable interest.

“It is great to see the progress that has been made in recent years. I am very excited to be leading the next stage in Scotland’s development and to be working with some very good players who are enormously committed to the Bravehearts.”