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Sport SHORTS: Scottish pride.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Scotland's qualification for the 2008 World Cup will encourage more players to make the switch from rugby union, it was claimed yesterday. The Scots clinched a place in the 10-team tournament in Australia after beating Wales on aggregate in their qualifying group. Winger Andy Todd said: "There are a lot of young players coming through and this gives them the opportunity, rather than having to change codes, to actually start training and playing rugby league." Like Ireland, Scotland are likely to scour Australia's National Rugby League for players but coach Steve McCormack insists he will remain loyal to players like Todd and former Gateshead Thunder full-back Wade Liddell.

Liddell, 28, was born in Brisbane but has a Scottish father.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 6, 2007
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