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Luke Douglas's last game in the NRL was a long-awaited finals appearance with the Titans.

A sense of pride in their heritage is the driving force behind two of Scotland's more experienced players in Luke Douglas and Euan Aitken.

Douglas last represented the Bravehearts on four occasions during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, and after securing an off-season move to England with St Helens, said it will be a memorable tournament representing another one of the home nations.

"I'm very proud of my Scottish heritage, and I'm really here to make my family proud," Douglas said.

Dragons centre Aitken echoed Douglas's comments, dedicating his performances in the upcoming tournament to his late grandfather.

"It will be good to represent him and make him proud, I definitely think he'll be watching up there," Aitken said. 

"It's going to be weird I suppose, singing a different national anthem to what you're used to but it's part of who I am and that's what I've come here to do, play for Scotland and play some good footy."

Australia, New Zealand and England have dominated proceedings in past Four Nations tournaments, something that's not lost on the Scotland national team. But Douglas claimed that the Bravehearts have some standout performers who can take it to the more established international sides.

"I'm sure all the boys will be nervous, we're coming up against a great team," Douglas said. 

"But we're also a quality side ourselves, we've got [former] Man of Steel Danny Brough, premiership-winning players in our team so we'll definitely be fighting hard and taking on the challenge."

For Aitken, the prospect of lining up against Red V teammate Josh Dugan in the representative arena is a task that excites the 21-year-old.

"'Duges' is a quality player, he hasn't played too much centre but he's definitely a good centre obviously because he's playing for Australia," Aitken said.

"It's going to be good going up against a club teammate and playing with some world-class players, both on their team and our team as well."



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