The good thing about Scotland is that we’ve always been the underdogs and we’ve kind of used that. I’ve drawn a bit of that from there
that wrong with a bit of a siege mentality… that bit of resilience and character.
“The boys I played with for Scotland over the 10 years I featured there had that about them. They were proud to play for the nation, they really wanted to put the nation on the map.”
He notes that while 2013 represented an obvious breakthrough, the groundwork was put in place in 2008 when they won their first World Cup match. “On the back of that we’ve gone one step further because we won the European Championship that got us into the Four Nations and now we’re getting an opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the world.”
While different timescales apply at club level, the chances are that the Broncos must also accept that, having made substantial progress, the bigger breakthrough will come further down the line, but they can take confidence from knowing they are in the hands of one who knows what it takes.