9th September 2010, 12:48
Danny Brough to return for Scotland
Scotland's Alitalia European Cup hopes have been boosted
Scotland's Alitalia European Cup hopes have been boosted by the return of former captain Danny Brough.
The 27-year-old former Hull, Castleford and Wakefield half-back, now playing at Huddersfield, led the Scots in the 2008 World Cup but then switched his allegiance to England.
However, he was left out of new England coach Steve McNamara's 37-strong train-on squad earlier this season and, after performing an about-turn, will next week be named in coach Steve McCormack's 25-man squad.
The move follows the decision of former Wales captain Lee Briers to come out of international retirement and make himself available for the European Cup, the winners of which will join Australia, New Zealand and England in the 2011 Four Nations Series.
The Huddersfield Giants half-back already has seven Scotland caps to his name, including an appearance in the Bravehearts' first ever Rugby League World Cup victory, an 18-16 defeat of Fiji in 2008.
Sscotland face Wales in their opening match at Old Anniesland, Glasgow, on Sunday October 10 before travelling to face France in Toulouse on Saturday October 16 and Ireland in Dublin on Sunday October 24.
With the Scotland A side recently lifting the domestic Four Nations trophy, confidence is high as Head Coach Steve McCormack explained: "France are considered as favourites but we are quietly confident and believe we can do very well in this tournament.
"We are away in Ireland and France but if we can overcome the Welsh in front of a good crowd at Old Anniesland in Glasgow then we are on our way. We want as many fans to get behind the team on the 10th October. It really can make a difference.
"I will be naming a strong squad that includes a number of players who play at, or have experience of Super League and they will be a match for anybody in the tournament.
"I'm delighted that Danny is on board. He's been an integral part of the Scotland set-up since I've been involved and I know that he's very keen to represent his country in this tournament and be part of the squad as we build towards the 2013 World Cup.
"Rugby League is making strides forward in Scotland and of late there have been a lot of encouraging signs especially with the A team's success and a great domestic Grand Final between Carluke and Edinburgh Eagles.
"There's a big prize at stake for winning this year's Alitalia European Cup and you can bet that Scotland will be in the running for that place at Rugby League's top table," added Steve.
Alitalia European Cup fixtures
Saturday October 9 - France v Ireland (Avignon) 3.30pm CET
Sunday October 10 - Scotland v Wales (Old Anniesland, Glasgow) 2.30pm
Saturday October 16 - France v Scotland (Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse) 3.30pm CET
Sunday October 17 - Wales v Ireland (The Gnoll, Neath) 2pm
Saturday October 23 October - France v Wales (Stade Municipale d'Albi) 3.30pm CET
Sunday October 24 - Ireland v Scotland (Tallaght, Dublin) 2.30pm
For more information about Rugby League in Scotland visit www.scotlandrl.com