Following the recent announcement that Scotland will be launching a Physical Disability Rugby League team with a view to taking part in the 2021 PDRL World Cup in October, a series of interviews have taken place.

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Burns as the first Head Coach of the Scotland PDRL squad.

Scott brings a wealth of experience to the role having setup the PDRL progamme at Wigan Warriors and recently won the UK Coaching Awards Changing Lives Award.

Scott Burns, PDRL Head Coach said:

It is a great honour to be named as the first ever Scotland PDRL Head Coach and have the opportunity to develop a national squad to compete in the PDRL World Cup 2021 and beyond! After several conversations with Scotland RL, it was clear that we were on the same page, inclusion, opportunity, development and most of all enjoyment were key words in those conversations. I take on this role with a lot of pride and passion for Rugby League and also PDRL being the Head Coach at Wigan Warriors PDRL and LDRL Super League teams. I see this opportunity not only to develop a national representative team but to also lay the foundations for Rugby League and disability Rugby League in Scotland.

Any players wishing to represent Scotland at the PDRL World Cup should email stating your interest in representing Scotland.

Ollie Cruikshank, Operations Director said:

This is an exciting time for Scotland Rugby League as we look to build towards the 2021 PDRL World Cup. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Scott and we are all looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months. As part of our current strategy developing physical disability rugby league is an important part of our agenda to increase the opportunities to play rugby league in Scotland.

On the back of this announcement we will be working with our clubs and any potential new clubs to develop physical disability rugby league in 2021.

This is the year of the Rugby League World Cup 2021

The Rugby League World Cup is taking place between the 23 October – 27 November this autumn and is the pinnacle of international Rugby League, globally contested every four years. RLWC2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the tournament’s history with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time.

The three tournaments will take place in 21 venues across 18 host towns and cities in England. Both the women’s and wheelchair competitions will be contested by two groups of four teams, whilst the men’s tournament will see 16 teams compete across four groups.

RLWC2021 will be the most visible Rugby League event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.

Mission: Delivering the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup.

Vision: Creating inspirational moments that excite, engage and leave a long-lasting positive social impact.