Scotland’s European Cup squad set for Workington training camp

Scotland’s European Cup rugby league squad are set to land in Workington next week to familiarise themselves with the town and facilities.

They will play Tonga and Italy at Derwent Park in next year’s Rugby League World Cup before facing the USA at Salford.

And Scotland, coached by Dave Rotheram, the former Workington Town and Haven coach, will use the Washington Central Hotel in Workington as a base for their four-day camp, the same venue as they will be using for the World Cup.

The training camp is ahead of their Alitalia European Cup tie against Ireland on Sunday, October 14 at Meggetland, Edinburgh.

They then face England Knights at the same venue on Sunday, October 28. Both games are a 2pm ko.

“It’s vital that we all get a feel of the place and get used to where we’ll be spending a lot of time next year,” explained Rotheram. “A lot of our players have played at Workington before but some haven’t, so having a training session there on Wednesday will enable them to picture playing there next year.

“We also want everyone to start to feel at home in the hotel and the town.

“It’s a great opportunity to engage with the local community too and start building a connection with them.

“Scotland are coming to West Cumbria and we hope they support us – we’re their team for the 2013 World Cup.”

Scotland will hold a training session at Derwent Park on Wednesday (4pm-5pm) which will be open to the public.

And they are hoping local rugby league fans will go along to see Super League players like Ben Fisher (Catalans Dragons), Paul Jackson (Castleford Tigers, who has just signed to play with Haven next season), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Hood (Leeds Rhinos) as well as local Town hero Brett Carter (all subject to selection in the final 20-man squad).

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