JED-FOREST legend David Rose, the only living Scot to have won the Rugby League World Cup, provided the current Scotland squad with some inspiration ahead of their draw with Italy on their way to winning group C.
Rose, who played on the wing for Great Britain when they won the inaugural cup in 1954, was on hand to present the players their playing shirts and he spoke with Steve McCormack’s squad.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be invited into the Scotland camp and to have spent two days with the players and staff,” said Rose, now 82 and still attending rugby north and south of the border.
“It brought back a lot of memories for me of ‘54 and it’s wonderful to share some of those with the current boys.”
Rose scored a try in all four games, including in the final against France, having replaced the injured Billy Boston in the squad, just weeks after moving from Huddersfield to Leeds. He had won seven caps for Scotland’s Rugby Union side before switching codes and moving south, spending seven years in rugby league, his career ending prematurely with a broken leg.
Rose chatted with several players, including another Huddersfield legend in Bravehearts skipper Danny Brough.
“We were honoured to have David and his wife here as our guests,” said McCormack. “He is an inspirational figure for Scottish rugby league and it was amazing to have a Scotsman in the room who has won the World Cup.”