Scotland Rugby League
IRL affiliation2011
RLEF affiliation2003
Key peopleKeith Hogg (Chair)
CompetitionsScottish National League
As of 30 June 2009

The Scotland Rugby League is the governing body for rugby league football in Scotland.[1] It administers the Scotland national rugby league teams.

The Scotland Division of the Rugby League Conference serves as the domestic competition. It was founded with five teams in 1997 and was administered by Scotland Rugby League. It has been administered by the Rugby League Conference since 2006 and became full members of the Conference in 2007.


SRL Leagues
Name Tier Established Winners
Scottish National League 1 2014 Strathmore Silverbacks
Scottish Cup 1 1997 Lomond Valley Raiders

Scottish National Team

Team information
NicknameThe Bravehearts
Governing bodyScotland Rugby League
Head coachNathan Graham
CaptainDale Ferguson
Most capsDanny Brough (24)
Top try-scorerDavid Scott (10)
Top point-scorerDanny Brough (132)
IRL ranking8th
First colours
Team results
First international
 Ireland 26–22 Scotland 
(Dublin, Ireland; 13 August 1995)
Biggest win
 Italy 0–104 Scotland 
(Padova, Italy; 17 October 2009)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 74-6 Scotland 
(Christchurch, New Zealand; 4 November 2017)
World Cup
Appearances4 (first time in 2000)
Best resultQuarter Finals, 2013

The Scotland national rugby league team represent Scotland in international rugby league football tournaments.[2] and are nicknamed The Bravehearts.[3] Following the break-up of the Great Britain team in 2008,[4] Scottish players play solely for Scotland, apart from occasional Southern Hemisphere tours, for which the Great Britain team is expected to be revived.[5]

The team formally began in 1995,[3] making them the newest international rugby league team in Great Britain. In their first match they played Ireland, losing narrowly. Since then, Ireland has become the team's main rival, the two teams having played each other many times in their short histories. Scotland have also played the United States, France and Russia amongst others. In 2000 they qualified for their first ever World Cup, but failed to make an impact, losing all three of their group matches;[6] however, their biggest losing margin was just 12 points.[7] In 2008 they beat Wales over two matches to qualify for the 2008 World Cup.[8]

In 2016, Scotland competed at their first every Rugby League Four Nations. They competed against Australia, New Zealand and traditional rivals England.[9]

Scotland became the first nation outside of the three traditionally strongest Rugby League nations to take a competition point with their 18–18 draw against New Zealand in Workington. Becoming the first nation to take a competition point off a top 3 nation in a major tournament since 1975.

Scotlands other results were a 12–54 loss to Australia and a galant 12–38 loss to England.[10][11]


Rugby League European Cup: 2014 Winners

The Board

The SRL board consists of the following:

See also


  1. ^ Hickey, Julia (2006). Understanding Rugby League. UK: Coachwise. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-905540-10-5. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  2. ^ Scotland RL – Play For Scotland Retrieved on 7 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b 2008 World Cup – Scotland Archived 7 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 23 July 2008.
  4. ^ The Guardian – Morley Prepares To Bid Great Britain Farewell Retrieved on 24 July 2008.
  5. ^ The Rugby Football League – Great Britain Split Archived 27 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 7 February 2008.
  6. ^ BBC Sport – An Unwanted Treble Retrieved on 22 July 2008,
  7. ^ ArmchairGM – 2000 World Cup Results Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  8. ^ The Independent – Scotland Rally To Claim World Cup Spot Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Custom Match List – Rugby League Project".
  10. ^ "Scotland make history in Four Nations draw with holders New Zealand | Four Nations | the Guardian".
  11. ^ "Four Nations 2016: Scotland draw with New Zealand as Euan Aitken dedicates win to grandfather".