After 13 years in charge of Scotland’s National Rugby League side, Head Coach Steve McCormack has decided to step down, leaving the side in a far better position than when he first started!
During his tenure, he has guided the side to 3 world cup campaigns, more than a few European Championships and a Four Nations competition. Along the way he has been part of several 1st, that include they country’s first World Cup Win against Fiji back in 2008, they improved again the following World cup and made the Quarter finals in 2013.
Victory in the 2014 European Cup secured them a place in the 2016 4 nations along side the worlds top 3 teams in England, New Zealand and Australia, in which they performed above expectations, matching the Auld enemy England for 60 minutes, before suffering a narrow defeat, however it was the 14-14 draw with New Zealand that secured them their recent World Ranking of 4th behind the top three.
However, the latest World cup held only months ago in New Zealand Australia proved to be a disappointment as they were hampered from the start by injuries and withdrawals from a number of key players, before suffering heavy losses to Tonga and New Zealand in the opening games.
Although they still had a chance to qualify for the knock out stages things only got worse when 3 key players including their Captain and all time leading points scorer Danny Brough were sent home after being too intoxicated to board the flight to Australia in preparation for their final group game against Samoa.
Although the remining players managed a 14-14 all draw in that game, it was still a case of what might have been as Samoa progressed due to a better points difference.
When making the announcement McCormack said
“I have enjoyed every minute of coaching on the international stage and look forward to future challenges. I am currently enjoying my role [as assistant coach] at Wigan Warriors and would also like to thank them for their support whilst I have been coaching Scotland.”
“I have decided to stand down as head coach to enable a new coach to come in and build towards the next World Cup.
“I would like to thank all the staff I have worked with and every player that has worn the Scotland jersey with pride,” McCormack continued.