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Captain Brough one of three Scots released from World Cup squad for misconduct

Danny Brough

Danny Brough was Scotland’s key player in the run to the quarter-finals of the last World Cup

Captain Danny Brough is one of three players released from Scotland’s Rugby League World Cup squad for misconduct.

The Huddersfield half-back remained in Christchurch with Featherstone’s Sam Brooks and Darlington Point Roosters’ Johnny Walker while the squad flew to Cairns for next week’s game with Samoa.

“These players have not adhered to the standards of behaviour,” said Scotland Rugby League chairman Keith Hogg.

“They will leave early a tournament it is a privilege to be involved in.”

He added: “We must respect the sport and everyone involved in it at all times.

“We fully support the code of conduct that is in place for everyone who is involved in the 2017 World Cup.”

The Scots have lost both of their World Cup Group B matches – against strong sides Tonga and New Zealand – but could still progress from the group because the top three teams go through, meaning a win over Samoa would see them reach the quarter-finals.

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