28th January 2021, 09:53 | scotland
Scotland Rugby League have announced the appointment of Scott Burns as the first Head Coach of the Scotland Physical Disability Rugby League squad.
The appointment comes following confirmation that the first ever PDRL World Cup will take place at the end of 2021, alongside the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments in England.
Burns brings a wealth of experience having set-up the PDRL programme at Wigan Warriors, recently winning the UK Coaching Awards Changing Lives Award.
On the appointment, Burns said: “It is a great honour to be named as the first ever Scotland PDRL Head Coach and have the opportunity to develop a national squad to compete in the PDRL World Cup 2021 and beyond.
“After several conversations with Scotland Rugby League, it was clear that we were on the same page - inclusion, opportunity, development and most of all enjoyment were key words in those conversations.
“I take on this role with a lot of pride and passion for Rugby League and also PDRL being the Head Coach at Wigan Warriors PDRL and LDRL Super League teams.
“I see this opportunity not only to develop a national representative team but to also lay the foundations for Rugby League and disability Rugby League in Scotland.”
Scotland Rugby League’s Operations Director, Ollie Cruikshank, added: “This is an exciting time for Scotland Rugby League as we look to build towards the 2021 PDRL World Cup.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Scott and we are all looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months.
“As part of our current strategy developing Physical Disability Rugby League is an important part of our agenda to increase the opportunities to play Rugby League in Scotland.”