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Danny Brough to lead Scotland in European Championships

Danny Brough to lead Scotland in European Championships
By PA Sport

30/09/2015 at 17:11Updated 30/09/2015 at 17:20

Huddersfield captain Danny Brough will lead Scotland in their defence of the European Championship this autumn after he turned down the chance to have a full off-season.

Huddersfield captain Danny Brough will lead Scotland in their defence of the European Championship this autumn after he turned down the chance to have a full off-season.

Brough, named this week in the Super League Dream Team after playing a key role in the Giants' march to the semi-finals, has spent the last two autumns playing for the Bravehearts and has committed to doing so again as Steve McCormack's men build towards the 2016 Four Nations Series and the 2017 World Cup.

Brough, who was ignored by England despite being named Man of Steel in 2013, will equal Andrew Henderson's record of 21 caps if he plays in all three matches, starting with a game against Wales in Wrexham on October 16.

"I'll be playing for Scotland," Brough said. "Steve is a top bloke and I enjoy playing for him. While ever I can keep running about and get picked I'll continue to do that."

McCormack, who has worked with Brough since his first training camp 11 years ago, said: "It tells you everything about the man.

"It would have been easy for him to say, 'I need a rest', but from the start of preparations for this year's European Championship he said he wanted to play. That has a huge effect on the rest of the group and a massive impact on how we play.

"Having one of the world's best half-backs leading us is superb and brings out the best in the players around him."

Brough is one of five Super League players in an initial 29-man squad which will be reduced to 20 for the opening game on 16 October.

Hull KR prop Adam Walker and Widnes forward Ben Kavanagh, currently on loan at Wakefield, are among 12 survivors from the squad that reached the World Cup quarter-finals two years ago and among 14 survivors of last year's European title triumph.

Salford hooker Liam Hood returns for the first time since winning his only cap in 2012 and Wakefield forward Jon Molloy is one of nine uncapped players in the squad.

Of those, only Australian-based Billy McConnachie, who was man of the match in the Queensland's Intrust Super Cup Grand Final last weekend, has not been involved with Scotland RL before.

Workington forwards Brett Phillips and Alex Szostak and Huddersfield centre Joe Wardle all miss out due to requiring operations, while Australian-based trio Kane Linnett, who plays in Sunday's NRL Grand Final for North Queensland Cowboys, Peter Wallace and Luke Douglas have been rested.

Scotland, who get together for their first training session on Sunday, play Ireland at Galashiels on October 23 before finishing their fixtures in Avignon against France on November 7.

Scotland training squad: D Addy (Bradford), J Barlow (Swinton), S Barlow (Leigh), C Borthwick (Edinbugh Eagles), D Brough (Huddersfield, capt), H Burnett (unattached), B Carter (Workington), L Clarke (Edinburgh Eagles), S Esslemont (Hull KR), D Ferguson (Bradford), R Harris (Warrington), B Hellewell (London Broncos), L Hood (Salford), F Hutchison (Edinburgh Eagles), B Kavanagh (Widnes), C Kilday (Central Queensland Capras), B McConnachie (Ipswich Jets), J Molloy (Wakefield), F Murphy (Edinburgh Eagles), C Phillips (Workington), S Plumridge (Edinburgh Eagles), C Robertson (Edinburgh Eagles), D Scott (Doncaster), M Stringer (Sheffield Eagles), S Toal (Barrow), O Thomas (London Broncos), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Alex Walker (London Broncos), J Walker (Leigh).

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