But woe betide anyone suggesting they are based anywhere other than in rugby league's heartland.
For the lesser-played code, these few weeks are, of course, about a contest to identify the world's best, but they are also about brand development. Efforts to widen the sport's appeal are vital to its future, but while matches are taken to rugby union and soccer grounds and to France, Ireland and Wales, the core support should not be neglected.
To that end, basing Scotland in wild West Cumbria has been important, and after a week in their Workington camp Steve McCormack, their head coach, explained how it has ensured that his men feel fully involved in the tournament.
"We're obviously removed from the majority of games in the M62 area but it's great for us," he said yesterday. "When you get into this area you only have to be here for a very short space of time before you realise how important rugby league is here. Everybody's talking about it. Walking up and down the street in Workington people are constantly stopping the lads and you can't overestimate how important this is to the area.
"There was a danger that it wouldn't come into this area but there's been an awful lot of work gone into it to make sure they got matches. We're thankful for that and I know they are."
His squad is a curious mix of leading lights in the game and part-timers, but such nuance in terms of status makes little difference when an international rugby league team is in Workington.
"It's a small community and everybody knows everybody else and everybody knows these players because they watch Super League and the Championship [English rugby league's second tier] week-in, week-out," McCormack explained.
"This is the main sport in West Cumbria. We go to other areas where football is maybe the main sport, but in West Cumbria it's rugby league. They are brought up to play rugby league and watch rugby league so all our boys are household names here. So for us to be based here they know every single one of our squad and coaching staff so standards have to be good on and off the field."
Being based in such a small place so steeped in the sport could have caused problems had there been any of the sorts of breaches of discipline that caused huge problems in the England camp ahead of their opening-day defeat by Australia.
But McCormack claims never to have had any issues of that sort in his decade with Scotland and, as indicated by Ben Fisher, the veteran London Broncos hooker who is making this his international swan-song, the camaraderie is strong.
"Being in camp with Scotland again has been outstanding," he said."They are a good bunch of blokes and what I enjoy about being in the Scotland set up is that players come from everywhere, but get together with one aim.
"I've been involved in about eight Scotland squads I think and this is the best Scotland squad I've seen. Steve [McCormack] has always been the coach when I've been involved. He's a good coach and a good bloke. He listens to his players, takes opinions on board and that's what all successful coaches do."
Fisher did admit that there has been some frustration to address, but that is down to the scheduling rather than feeling detached at their remote base and factors beyond the control of a rainy town without a Millennium Stadium-style retractable roof.
"It's frustrating watching the games on Saturday and us not playing," said the 32-year-old. "Our World Cup is really crammed, whereas Italy, who we'll be playing next, have an eight-day turnaround. But the locals here are really getting behind us. The people of Workington have been great, but it would be great if they could turn the rain off.
"The Tongans have an extremely good squad and we'll have to be at our best to beat them, but we have the artillery to do it and we have a lot of very talented players.
"I had a look at Derwent Park the other day. You'll see a pretty direct game, because the conditions will lend themselves towards that. It will be a physical game."
Scotland's campaign begins against Tonga tomorrow evening.