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Matty Russell aiming to help Scotland break into World Cup knockout stages
WARRINGTON Wolves’ latest signing Matty Russell is optimistic that he can help his native Scotland progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
The 20-year-old was one of Scotland coach Steve McCormack’s stand-out picks during their 38-20 warm-up match defeat to Papua New Guinea at Featherstone last week, and the full back is proud to have gained a call-up to help his national side’s World Cup bid.
“It means a lot for me to get the Scotland call-up,” said former Gold Coast Titan, who was born in Irvine.
“I have a large family in Scotland, so it means a lot to me and my family and it is a great opportunity to play in a World Cup, too.”
But he is hopeful that Scotland are capable of doing more than simply making up the numbers.
Athough they face a tough opening game against a Tongan side heavy with NRL stars at Workington’s Derwent Park on Tuesday, kick off 8pm, he sees their following games against Italy and USA as winnable.
“I think Tonga have got a really good squad and I think they could go quite far,” he said.
“But looking at our squad too, we have some great players and a good mix of experience and youth.
“I don’t see why we can’t beat them.
“I think with the squad we have we’ve got a really good chance of getting through the group stages and into the quarter finals.”
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