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Scotland Students are appealing for sponsors and supporters to help get their team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in Queensland in July, the fifth consecutive World Cup at which Scotland have competed.
?The costs for the squad to get to the World Cup is staggering,? said manager Phil Slaney. ?Each player and official has to raise well over a ?1,000 per man. As students, most of the players will struggle with this and, as our funding is very limited, we are hoping to attract some sponsors from Scotland or possible sponsors in Australia that have strong links with Scotland. Our squad has been together for a couple of years now and have got stronger and stronger. Our display against the world champions Australia in Edinburgh in December showed that we will be competitive in the World Cup and may surprise a few people.?
Scotland Students begin their preparations for Australia with a coaching session on 13 February, followed by up to three Coaching days before going into camp in North Yorkshire at Easter. Coach Ian Gilmour will announced the World Cup squad after that, on 5 April. Scotland plan to then have up to five coaching days or matches before heading Down Under on 26 June.