Scot­tish play­ers get hot suprise

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

THE Scot­land Rugby League World Cup team spiced up their trip to Aus­tralia with a visit to Ku­randa Vil­lage.

While be­ing a lit­tle squea­mish with the snakes, play­ers got up close and per­sonal with koalas and kan­ga­roos.

Tourism Ku­randa ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kahlia Pep­per said the high­light was when play­ers vis­ited the Ku­randa Scot­tish Fudge Bar.

Ku­randa Fudge bar is a lit­tle piece of Scot­land tucked away in North Queens­land and is home to a pop­u­lar range of home­made fudge.

Ms Pep­per said the play­ers were asked if they wanted to try a piece of fudge but were not in­formed that what they were try­ing was the Dark Choco­late Chili (hot) Fudge.

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With the hot fudge be­ing made es­pe­cially for the Scot­land Rugby League World cup team, Ms Pep­per said play­ers had a great time see­ing what Ku­randa had to of­fer.

“They didn’t get told that the fudge had chilli in it and were just asked to try it so play­ers were sur­prised,” she said.

“It was a good start to the day to fire them up.”

While the trip wasn’t widely pro­moted, once word spread around Ku­randa Vil­lage of the play­ers foot­ball fans were quick to ar­rive with their balls to be signed.

The Scot­tish team en­joyed the Ku­randa Koala Gar­den on their tour to cud­dle a Koala and snake and to pat a kan­ga­roo.

Ms Pep­per said all the play­ers were afraid of snakes ex­pect for two.

“They walked around Her­itage mar­kets where they were shown how to through a boomerang and how to play the didgeri­doo,” she said.

“Play­ers even bought gifts for their fam­i­lies back at home be­fore head­ing down to ex­pe­ri­ence the Skyrail Rain­for­est Cable­way.

“The boys had such an amaz­ing time and we were priv­i­leged to be able to host them and show them this beau­ti­ful and unique Vil­lage in the Rain­for­est.”

She said it is great to have sport­ing le­gends vis­it­ing the vil­lage.

Photo: Sup­plied

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land guide Danielle Spil­lett and Tourism Ku­randa ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kahlia Pep­per show Aus­tralia’s wildlife to Scot­land Rugby League World Cup play­ers Jarred An­der­son, Ben Ka­vanagh, Danny Addy, Danny Brough and Dale Fer­gu­son

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Scot­land Rugby League World Cup play­ers Jarred An­der­son, Dale Fer­gu­son and Danny Brough were brave enough to hold a snake while vis­it­ing Ku­randa.

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