Number of young women playing rugby has doubled in five years

Lisa Martin is in her first season as Scotland captain and is enjoying promoting the game to young girls. Picture: Toby Williams
Lisa Martin is in her first season as Scotland captain and is enjoying promoting the game to young girls. Picture: Toby Williams
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More women in Scotland are taking up rugby, according to data released by the SNP.

The figures, obtained from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, chart a 93% rise in the number playing from 1,450 in 2009/10 to 2,810 in 2014/15.

The overall number of young people playing the game is said to have increased from 25,123 to 32,710 over the same period, a rise of 30%.

The statistics were revealed on the day Scotland takes on Ireland in Dublin in the final match of this year’s Six Nations tournament.

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SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said: “Taking part in a team sport like rugby can have real benefits for a young person’s physical and mental health - it’s great to so many young people getting involved.”

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