Rugby League World Cup: John Duffy joins Scots' coaching staff

John Duffy

Scotland have appointed former scrum-half John Duffy to their coaching staff ahead of next month's Rugby League World Cup.

Duffy, who retired following a persistent back injury, will work under head coach Steve McCormack for the tournament in England and Wales.

The Scots face Tonga in their opening match on 29 October, followed by games against Italy and the USA.

McCormack will complete his 10th season as head coach.

Duffy, who represented Scotland at the 2008 World Cup, became the Super League's youngest player when he made his debut for Warrington, aged 16, in 1997.

Scotland's coaching staff also boast team manager Ollie Cruickshank, Sheffield Eagles' Mick Heys as physio and Wakefield's John Lynagh as doctor.

New recruits are Wigan Warriors analyst Josh Parr and the Widnes Vikings strength and conditioning team of Clive Brewer and his assistant Dan Hannett.

New Zealand are the current World Cup holders, having shocked Australia in the 2008 decider to win the tournament for the first time.

Mark Chapman will present the BBC's television coverage, with commentary from Dave Woods and Ray French.

Tanya Arnold will present a regular highlights programme, which includes all the action from games not shown live.