Braveheart Luke to captain Scotland at world cup
TWO players who started out on the Northern Rivers will captain teams in the Rugby League World Cup this weekend.
Lower Clarence junior Luke Douglas will captain Scotland for the first time while Marist Brothers junior David Mead is aiming for his third straight win leading Papua New Guinea.
PNG are on their way to the quarter-finals while Scotland would need a win to keep its campaign alive.
The way the draw is set both players could possibly captain their side against Australia in the quarter-finals.
The Bravehearts are coming off consecutive thumpings against heavyweights Tonga and New Zealand and now face Samoa in Cairns on Saturday night.
Douglas was handed the captaincy following the departure of Scotland captain Danny Brough, who was too intoxicated to board a plane in New Zealand on Sunday. He was one of three players sent home.
Douglas was an obvious choice to take over with a career that spans almost 300 games in the NRL and English Super League.
Scotland were thumped 50-14 when they fielded a second string team against the NSW Country 23-s in a world cup warm-up game at Ballina last month.
Douglas missed the clash and is not prepared to write off his side yet.
"I suppose it's not a matter of deserving it or not. If we win, we're in,” Douglas told News Limited.
"We've done enough in the past to get that fourth position in the world ranking and I suppose our first two performances so far in the world cup haven't been the best, we've let ourselves down, we've let our heritage down and it's about rectifying that.
"We need to give ourselves a chance. We're not giving ourselves any opportunity.”
Meanwhile, former Marist Brothers and South Lismore lock Gavin Hiscox has been named on an extended bench for Italy this week.
He went to high school at St John's College Woodlawn and has captained the Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup.