Dragons centre Euan Aitken in action this year.
Dragons centre Euan Aitken in action this year. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Scotland eyeing off NRL stars for Four Nations

RUGBY LEAGUE: Scotland is trying to rope in Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote and Dragons centre Euan Aitken for its squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament in England.

They could join former Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway and 2016 NRL players Luke Douglas, Kane Linnett and Peter Wallace, who represented Scotland at the 2013 World Cup.

The Bravehearts will be captained again by Huddersfield half Danny Brough, with the rest of the squad to be named in coming days.

Scotland will be participating in its first Four Nations tournament, starting on October 28, having made the quarter-finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup before being knocked out by New Zealand.

"Euan Aitken is a proud Scotsman - his dad moved over (to Australia) - and he really gets it,” Douglas told NRL.com.

"(Wallace) had an outstanding year (for Penrith) and could slot straight into hooker but it was a tough season for him with pretty much a full year in the middle. Hopefully his body is all right and he can get there and help out.

"Obviously there are a few guys who have retired since then and our hooker was Ian Henderson, who had that horrific injury playing for the Roosters this year, but we're definitely going to be competitive.

"It's going to be tough against the three big teams but we'll go in as the underdog and hopefully they take us a bit lightly and we can turn it on and give them a bit of a shock.”

Douglas, who has represented Scotland against Tonga, Italy, USA and New Zealand, will join St Helens on a three-year deal next year after playing 263 NRL games for the Titans and Sharks.

"It is pretty sad. You have in the back in the head that if you can play two more seasons you might get to 300 (games) and the club (Titans) is looking like it's coming along really good,” he said.


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