Colchester teenager Eddie Smith insists he has no qualms about trying to inflict defeat on England this weekend.
The 17-year-old scrum-half, pictured above, has been picked to play for Scotland under-18s against their old foes in an international match, to be staged at Wath Brow Hornets RLFC in Cumbria.
Smith, a former pupil at St Helena School, is eligible to play for the Scots through his grandmother.
The Eastern Rhinos player says he is cannot wait to play on the international stage – even if it is against the country of his birth.
Smith said: “I don’t mind playing for Scotland against England – I’m looking forward to it.
“I’d love to play rugby league on a full-time basis, so hopefully this will help my chances.
“If I do well, then there’s the possibility of playing for Scotland A or even in the Rugby League World Cup.
“I’ll just go out and do my best and see what happens from there.”
Smith, who is registered to Eastern Rhinos, has been playing wing for North London for the last four years.
He had trials with London Broncos and South East Colleges last year and has been taking part in training sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow, having been spotted in trials.
Smith was part of the Eastern Rhinos under-19s side that reached the London Youth League Grand Final which they lost to London Skolars, in July.