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

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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.

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