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.
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.”