Posted: 28 October, 2016 by AAP

Five Reasons Why Scotland Can Upset The Kangaroos

Tags: Scotland Bravehearts, Four Nations

Scotland playmaker Danny Brough says his side cannot afford to be star-struck when facing Australia in a daunting Four Nations opener in Hull.

The three-time Super League Man of Steel recipient conceded beating Mal Meninga's side would be something of a miracle and said avoiding embarrassment at the hands of their star-studded opponents is the Scots' biggest aim.

The Bravehearts have never played Australia in their 20-year existence and are aiming to succeed where France, Papua New Guinea, Wales and Samoa have failed.

Brough is one of seven Super League players in coach Steve McCormack's 19-man squad, which also includes NRL regulars Lachlan Coote, Euan Aitken, Luke Douglas and Kane Linnett.

Scotland face Australia at 6am, Saturday morning AEDT.

Five Reasons Why Scotland Can Upset The Kangaroos


North Queensland's premiership-winning fullback will make his debut for the Bravehearts, who he qualifies to play for through his Glasgow-born grandparents. Still harbours ambitions to play for NSW.

Lachlan Coote Photo: Getty Images


Another member of the Cowboys' 2015 grand final-winning side, the former Sydney Roosters centre will win his fourth cap against the Kangaroos having played three games for Scotland in the 2013 World Cup.

Kane Linnett Photo: Getty Images


Vastly experienced prop who played a record 215 successive NRL matches between 2006-2014 during spells with Cronulla and the Gold Coast. Will play in the Super League next season with St Helens after signing a three-year deal last month.

Luke Douglas Photo: Getty Images


Became a regular member of the St George Illawarra side last year and earned his first representative call-up with NSW Country last April. Will partner Linnett in the centres on his international debut.

Euan Aitken Photo: Getty Images


Classy playmaker who threw in his lot with Scotland after being constantly overlooked by former England coach Steve McNamara. Three-time winner of the Super League's Man of Steel, the Huddersfield five-eighth possesses an outstanding kicking game and is not afraid to take on the line.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 18:  Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants in action during the Super League match between Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls at Etihad Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants Photo: Getty Images

Scotland's 19-man Squad

Danny Addy (Bradford), Euan Aitken (Dragons), Ryan Brierley (Huddersfield), Sam Brooks (Widnes), Danny Brough (Huddersfield, capt), Lachlan Coote (Cowboys), Luke Douglas (Titans), Dale Ferguson (Bradford), Ben Hellewell (London Broncos), Liam Hood (Leigh), Ben Kavanagh (Bradford), Kane Linnett (Cowboys), Frankie Mariano (Castleford), Billy McConnachie (Ipswich Jets), Callum Phillips (Workington), Sheldon Powe-Hobbs (Northern Pride), Matty Russell (Warrington), Lewis Tierney (Wigan), Adam Walker (Hull KR).

Kangaroos Team

Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Justin O'Neill, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Cooper Cronk, Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith (capt), David Klemmer, Sam Thaiday, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trobojevic. Interchange: Jake Friend, Shannon Boyd, Trent Merrin, Michael Morgan, Valentine Holmes. (one to be omitted).

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Tags: Scotland Bravehearts, Four Nations

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