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SCOTLAND HONOUR WORLD CUP DUO
Scotland Rugby League have announced their first ever Player of the Year Awards on the 50th anniversary of Great Britain?s first rugby World Cup triumph, naming two awards after the Scottish heroes of that 1954 victory: captain Dave Valentine and try-scorer David Rose.
Halifax prop Chris Birchall wins the Dave Valentine Award for Senior Team Player of the Year after his displays in the recent European Nations Cup while A Team Player of the Year and the David Rose Award goes to Fife Lions? Andy Brown, who also won his first full cap in the win over Wales.
Scotland?s first try-scorer that day, Glasgow Bulls winger Andy McPhail, wins the Roy Kinnear Award as the best Student Player after a record-breaking season for the 22-year-old from Napier University. Winger Dougie Flockhart from Dumfries progressed rapidly during the season, earning selection for Great Britain Students and receives the Alan Tait Award as top Under-19 player, while the best Under-15 player was Davie Crangle of St Ninian?s High School in Glasgow. Crangle was selected for the Great Britain national camp and receives the Nathan Graham Award, named after the retiring Scotland captain.
Under-15s Player of the Year ? Nathan Graham Award: DAVIE CRANGLE ? prop from St Ninian?s High School, Glasgow who was selected for GB national camp.
Nathan Graham has just retired after captaining Scotland in the European Nations Cup. Winner chosen by coach Mark Senter.
Under-19s Player of the Year ? Alan Tait Award: DOUGIE FLOCKHART ? rose from U19s to Students to A team during 2004 and was selected for GB Students.
Alan Tait is one of only two players to be capped by Great Britain at league and union. Winner chosen by coach Al Stewart.
Students Player of the Year ? Roy Kinnear Award: ANDY McPHAIL ? sensational summer tour with Students earned the Glaswegian winger a place in the full pro side.
Wigan signed Scottish union star Roy Kinnear in 1927 and he won GB honours in both codes. Winner chosen by coach Ian Gilmour.
A Team Player of the Year ? David Rose Award: ANDY BROWN ? Rosyth-based centre who starred in Fife Lions? Scottish Conference triumph and won full cap.
Leeds? Scottish winger David Rose scored a try in all four games as GB won the 1954 World Cup. Winner chosen by coach Kevin Rudd.
Pro Team Player of the Year ? Dave Valentine Award: CHRIS BIRCHALL ? Halifax prop who impressed hugely on his Scotland debut in the European Nations Cup.
Dave Valentine from Hawick captained GB to the 1954 World Cup Final and had a glorious career with Huddersfield.
Winner chosen by coach Steve McCormack