Scotland international Danny Brough is praying the nation can quality from Group C and test themselves against rugby league's finest on the big stage.
Recently-crowned Man on Steel Brough, who was snubbed by England head coach Steve McNamara, is part of a largely untested squad that includes six uncapped players.
Scotland will play Tonga and Italy and with just one team progressing from Group C Steve McCormack's troops will have to hit the ground running, needing to win both fixtures to guarantee their progression into the quarter-finals, where they would almost certainly play reigning world champions New Zealand.
The Huddersfield Giants ace acknowledges Scotland have already been dealt a blow with the withdrawal of a couple of key players due to injury, but remains hopeful they can reach the last eight.
"I just hope we get out of the group stages and show people we are a nation that can challenge," said Brough.
"We've had a few injuries with such as (James) McManus and (Keith) Galloway but such is life, you've just got to get on with it."
With Scotland playing both of their matches at Workington, Brough is keen to get the locals on side in an effort to gain as much support as possible.
The former Hull, Castleford and Wakefield man pointed to the unlikely crowds that supported them at the 2008 event Down Under, with their clashes against France and Fiji drawing close to 10,000 spectators apiece.
"I really hope they (the fans) get behind us. Make sure they bring their coats and gloves," he continued.
"That last time we played in Canberra, we had a cracking following, I was that surprised how many Scotland fans turned out."
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