Two and a half months on from the successful 2013 World Cup, the International Federation (RLIF) has yet to announce details of the 2014 Four Nations Series, which is due to be held in Australia and New Zealand, and that has held up plans for the European Championship.
The European Federation's board of directors, meeting for the first time in 2014 to discuss the fall-out from the World Cup, said in a statement: "The RLEF is keen for the RL International Federation to conclude its deliberations on the international calendar so that we can implement our own for the northern hemisphere."
RLIF vice-chairman Nigel Wood, chief executive of the RFL, has flown down under for the World Club Challenge between Wigan and Sydney Roosters next Saturday and is expected to meet to discuss details of the Four Nations Series.
In the meantime, Scotland, already looking ahead to 2017, have confirmed the re-appointment of their entire backroom team, with McCormack and his assistants Dave Rotheram and John Duffy all keeping their roles after masterminding their team's run to the quarter-finals last November.
"It would have been easy to say 'we've done it, we've achieved what we wanted so I'll go now'," said McCormack, the longest-serving head coach in international rugby league who has been in post since 2004.
"But it's not something to give up like that. We've got a youthful team and we're all relishing the challenge to improve on last year and build on that success over the next four years.
"I've got a great staff, who all rose to the occasion at the World Cup, and it's important to keep that continuity."
Scotland, who are confident of retaining the services of skipper Danny Brough, expect to learn next week that their European Championship opponents in the autumn will be France, Wales and Ireland, with the winners going into the 2016 Four Nations Series alongside England, Australia and New Zealand.
The team that finishes bottom this year is expected to be relegated from the European Championship in 2015 to make way for England, with the Great Britain Lions due to tour down under next year.
"If we can keep the team together - and I'm confident most of our players from last year will be available again this year - then we should be serious contenders for the Europeans," added McCormack, who is visiting Australia at Easter, when he plans to meet with Scotland's NRL-based contingent, Luke Douglas, Peter Wallace and Kane Linnett, plus James McManus and Keith Galloway, who both missed the World Cup through injury.
"Having the Four Nations as a prize for the winners is a huge incentive for our players, as is the opportunity of being picked for a Great Britain tour. It's an exciting time for Scotland Rugby League."
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