Today marks 100 days until the first quarter-final at Rugby League World Cup 2013, and several nations are already talking up their chances of qualification ahead of the big kick-off.
Scotland have made a number of notable additions to their roster in recent weeks, including North Queensland Cowboys centre Kane Linnett, who has been in fine form in the NRL in 2013.
“I still have loads of uncles, aunties and cousins there so playing for Scotland will mean a lot to me,” said Linnett.
“I know my family will all be watching from both here and Scotland. My grandfather, who passed away a couple years ago, would be very proud.
“World Cups don't come around very often and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the tournament in England and meeting a new bunch of boys and performing well.”
Linnett joins Brisbane half-back Peter Wallace and Newcastle winger James McManus as new recruits for Scotland coach Steve McCormack.
While Super League stars Danny Brough, Michael Robertson and Joe Wardle could also add iron to the Bravehearts’ squad this autumn.
Scotland will compete with Tonga and Italy for the one available qualification place from Group C, while Wales will also fancy their chances of reaching the last eight, and beating Group D rivals Cook Islands and USA to top spot.
“If we can get out of the group stages then we can start looking at things on a match-by-match basis,” said Wales’ Gil Dudson.
“I think failure would be the wrong word to use but if we don’t make it out of the group then we’ll be pretty disappointed.”
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