Gavin Willacy

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France defeat brave Scotland

SCOTLAND A 16 France Federale 31

Scotland Name Players of the Year

HULL Kingston Rovers winger Jon Steel has been voted Scotland?s Player of the Year 2005 by the national team's coaching staff and management. The former Glasgow and Borders rugby union star, who won the last of his five Scotland RU caps marking New Zealand?s Jonah Lomu, impressed on his Scotland Rugby League debut against Wales in the European Nations Cup and backed that up with a solid display against Ireland. He will receive the Dave Valentine Award before an upcoming Hull KR match.Other winners:David Rose Award for Scotland A Team Player of the Year 2005 ? Barry Edgar (Glasgow Bulls)Roy Kinnear Award - Scotland Students ? Dave Simm (Napier University)Alan Tait Award ? Scotland Under-19s ? Kieran Seeds (Edge Hill College)Nathan Graham Award ? Scotland Under-16s ? Craig Owenson (Edinburgh)Each award will be individually presented at the start of the League season over the next few weeks.For more information call Scotland RL media officer Gavin Willacy on 07796 442041 or email [email protected]

Flockhart Brings 100 Up

DUMFRIES centre Dougie Flockhart became the 100th player to represent Scotland Rugby League at senior level when he made his debut against Wales in the European Nations Cup on Sunday. The 20 year old played the whole 80 minutes as Scotland suffered a frustrating 22-14 defeat in Bridgend and remains in the squad for Sunday's game with a star-studded Ireland at Old Anniesland.

Five Debuts For Scots

SCOTLAND are set to hand debuts to at least five players in tomorrow?s European Nations Cup tie against Wales at Bridgend. The fifth will become the 100th player to represent Scotland since senior rugby league internationals began in 1995. Gateshead full-back Wade Liddell, wingers Jon Steel of Hull KR and Dougie Flockhart from Dumfries, Halifax hooker Ben Fisher and St Albans Centurions forward Nick Surtees are all expected to be in the 17 and with the uncapped forwards Dave Simm (Edinburgh Eagles and Wigan St Judes) and Steve Deviney (Easterhouse Panthers) also vying for a place on the bench, new faces abound.

Scotland Beat England At Last

ON Saturday night, Scotland beat England at rugby league for the first time in nine years and the first time ever at open age level. The 17-16 victory in London by the Scotland A team over England Lionhearts ranks among Scotland's greatest achievements in rugby league and gives them the opportunity to finish runners-up in the Parkhouse Recruitment Home Nations Championship for the second successive season.

Scotland Under 19s Seek Coach

SCOTLAND Rugby League Under 19s team are looking for an experienced coach to join their management team.

Scotland Name Four Squads

SCOTLAND will make history on Sunday when they field four international teams on the same day for the first time. In a triple-header at Brewery Field, Bridgend, Scotland will play Wales and Under-15, Under-19 and A team level, while Scotland Students will be playing the Army at Carlisle in the Scottish Courage Cup. "This is a tremendous day for Scotland Rugby League and shows how far they have come in ten years," said European Development Officer Kevin Rudd, previously coach to the Scottish Students and A team.

Scotland A trials

SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE are holding trials for the SCOTLAND A team that competes against the England Lionhearts, Wales A and Ireland A this summer in the Four Nations Championships under new coach former Scotland captain and Bradford Bulls full-back Nathan Graham.

Scotland set for trials

SCOTLAND are recruiting players for the Scotland A team which will compete in the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Championships this summer. With former Scotland captain Nathan Graham now coaching the side, Scotland are hoping to go even one better than last year when they finished runners-up to Wales.

Scotland Appoint Graham Coach

SCOTLAND Rugby League are delighted to announce the appointment of former captain Nathan Graham as the new coach of Scotland A. Nathan, who retired from the professional game last October after captaining Scotland in the European Nations Cup, will take over Scotland?s second string from Kevin Rudd, who is now Rugby League?s European Development Officer.

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