Scotland Rugby League

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Scotland Rugby League
Scotland Rugby League logo
Founded 1994
RLIF affiliation 2011
RLEF affiliation 2003 (Full member)
Responsibility Scotland
Key people Keith Hogg (Chair)
Competitions Scottish National League
As of 30 June 2009

The Scotland Rugby League is the governing body for rugby league football in Scotland.[1] It administers the Scotland national rugby league teams.

The Scotland Division of the Rugby League Conference serves as the domestic competition. It was founded with five teams in 1997 and was administered by Scotland Rugby League. It has been administered by the Rugby League Conference since 2006 and became full members of the Conference in 2007.


SRL Leagues
Name Tier Established Winners
Scottish National League 1 1997 Aberdeen Warriors

Scottish National Team[edit]

Badge of Scotland team
Team information
Nickname The Bravehearts
Governing body Scotland Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Steve McCormack
Captain Danny Brough
Most caps Andrew Henderson (18)[2]
Top try-scorer Danny Arnold (8)[2]
Top point-scorer Mick Nanyn (72)[2]
RLIF ranking 8th
First colours
Team results
First international
 Ireland 26–22 Scotland 
(Dublin, Ireland; 13 August 1995)
Biggest win
 Italy 0–104 Scotland 
(Padova, Italy; 17 October 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Ireland 43–10 Scotland 
(Dublin, Ireland; 29 October 2004)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first time in 2000)
Best result Quarter Finals, 2013

The Scotland national rugby league team represent Scotland in international rugby league football tournaments.[3] and are nicknamed The Bravehearts.[4] Scotland are not regarded as a test nation.[5] Following the break-up of the Great Britain team in 2008,[6] Scottish players play solely for Scotland, apart from occasional Southern Hemisphere tours, for which the Great Britain team is expected to be revived.[7]

Though its foundations may date back to as early as 1904, the team formally began in 1995,[4] making them the newest international rugby league team in Great Britain. In their first match they played Ireland, losing narrowly. Since then, Ireland has become the team's main rival, the two teams having played each other many times in their short histories. Scotland have also played the United States, France and Russia amongst others. In 2000 they qualified for their first ever World Cup, but failed to make an impact, losing all three of their group matches;[8] however, their biggest losing margin was just 12 points.[9] In 2008 they beat Wales over two matches to qualify for the 2008 World Cup.[10]

In 2016, Scotland competed at their first every Rugby League Four Nations. They competed against Australia, New Zealand and traditional rivals England. [11]

Scotland became the first nation outside of the three traditionally strongest Rugby League nations to take a competition point with their 18-18 draw against New Zealand in Workington. Becoming the first nation to take a competition point off a top 3 nation in a major tournament since 1975.

Scotlands other results were a 12-54 loss to Australia and a galant 12-38 loss to England.[12][13]


Rugby League European Cup: 2014 Winners

The Board[edit]

The SRL board consists of the following:[14][15]

  • Chairman: Keith Hogg
  • Performance Director: Doug Folan
  • Finance Director: John Holland
  • Director: Vacant
  • SRL Staff: Ollie Cruikshank

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hickey, Julia (2006). Understanding Rugby League. UK: Coachwise. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-905540-10-5. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference STATS was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Scotland RL – Play For Scotland Retrieved on 7 February 2008.
  4. ^ a b 2008 World Cup – Scotland Retrieved on 23 July 2008.
  5. ^ NationMaster – Test Nations Retrieved on 14 September 2008.
  6. ^ The Guardian – Morley Prepares To Bid Great Britain Farewell Retrieved on 24 July 2008.
  7. ^ The Rugby Football League – Great Britain Split Archived 27 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 7 February 2008.
  8. ^ BBC Sport – An Unwanted Treble Retrieved on 22 July 2008,
  9. ^ ArmchairGM – 2000 World Cup Results[dead link] Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  10. ^ The Independent – Scotland Rally To Claim World Cup Spot Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
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  14. ^ 2011 RFL Annual Report
  15. ^ The board of directors (retrieved 23 Dec 2012)

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