Can Danny Brough force his way into Great Britain consideration?
13 March 2019 - Written by Zack Wilson
When the talk turns to possible representatives from the Celtic nations, Brough’s name is one that comes under consideration.
Of course, he did not exactly cover himself with glory in his last excursion to the World Cup with Scotland.
Being compelled to leave the squad after being too drunk to get on a plane is not a great way to end an international career.
It was a real shame, and who knows what might have been different for the Scots if he had remained as part of the squad for the final group game with Samoa.
The Bravehearts drew 14-14 with the Samoans, and maybe Brough’s presence would have got his team over the line for victory.
Apart from that indiscretion, though, and once turning his back on the Bravehearts to play a game in England colours against the Exiles, Brough was a very loyal servant to Scotland.
His performances at the 2013 World Cup, when he helped the Scots to the second round in a halfback partnership with Peter Wallace, were outstanding.
The victory over the Tonga team in the first round of that tournament was particularly noteworthy.
The Four Nations of 2016 also saw Brough turn out for Scotland in games against Australia, England and New Zealand.
The game against Australia was a tough defeat, but the Bravehearts gave England a real fright in the game at Coventry, racing into an 8-0 lead before eventually losing the game 38-12.
In their third game in that tournament, the Scots drew 18-18 with the Kiwis in Workington, with Brough kicking the vital conversion that levelled the scores.
He was a key part of a Scotland side that became the first non-Tier One country to claim a Four Nations point.
So Brough has plenty of international pedigree. Having him in the Great Britain squad might well be an option, especially if he continues to play well this season.
In a grim game for Wakefield at home to Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday, Brough played his part in implementing a very limited gameplan.
While the overall game was really poor, though, what was striking was Brough’s energy levels and commitment, as well his kicking ability in tricky conditions.
The man’s enthusiasm for the game has clearly not dimmed, even at the age of 36.
He also co-leads the charts for successful kicks at goal this season, having slotted 20 through the posts so far in 2019.
Another significant stat is that he has made 87 tackles so far this season. The former Braveheart is not a man who shirks defensive duties.
So maybe he is worth one more go at international level, this time in a Great Britain jersey, especially for the tour’s fourth game in Papua New Guinea.
The Lions might just need his experience and nous by that stage of the trip, and he might just get to end his international career on a high.
It would be hard to grudge him that given his record for Scotland over the years.