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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.
- The winning try was scored by winger Andy Brown, who plays for Fife Lions, lives in Dunfremline and works in Edinburgh. Fife Lions are currently top of the Scottish Conference
- He gave Scotland debuts to seven players: brothers Ben and Rob Copley, both of whom scored tries; Edinburgh Eagles duo Andy Todd and Mike Benson; Kiwi-born prop Nick Surtees; 19 year old Ayr prospect Kevin Lang of Clyde Bulls; and Glasgow-born Australian-raised forward Steve Deviney, now back in the city playing for Easterhouse Panthers.
- Barry Edgar kicked two conversions and his early drop goal made the winning difference - four years ago Barry missed a goal attempt that would have seen Scotland Students beat England in the Europa Cup semi-final in Russia.
- Every player and the management team pay for their own accomodation, travel, food and equipment costs so they can play for Scotland
- Eight of the squad came through the Scotland Students RL team to the senior squad
Gavin Willacy Scotland Rugby League A Team Manager 07796 442041 www.scotlandrugbyleague.org.uk