27 Jun 2010

Scottish rugby grows

12:47 pm on 27 June 2010

Scottish Rugby says it has surpassed its target to increase the number of people playing the sport by more than 50% - two years ahead of schedule.

And it puts the success down to a steady recovery of participants in state school rugby.

There are now 25,000 under-18 players taking part in regular rugby compared to 15,000 just four years ago.

The number of schools regularly playing the game has risen from 184 in 2008 to more than 240 in 2010.

In 2006, Scottish Rugby had set a target of increasing participation from 24,500 to 38,000 by 2012 and, ahead of its annual meeting this weekend, it has published total playing figures of more than 38,500.