Bute could be set for rugby rebirth

Action from a friendly between Bute and Renfrew in 2010 - the last year in which rugby was played regularly on the island. (Pic by Billy McKechnie - more by Billy and others at www.flickr.com/groups/butesport)
Action from a friendly between Bute and Renfrew in 2010 - the last year in which rugby was played regularly on the island. (Pic by Billy McKechnie - more by Billy and others at www.flickr.com/groups/butesport)

Rugby could be set for a comeback on Bute through plans to start ‘tag rugby’ taster sessions in all the island’s schools.

The programme, being run in partnership with Active Schools, will see local schools receive a six-week course before Bute Rugby Club hosts a rugby festival, with all three schools participating - and perhaps with one or two big names in the Scottish game making an appearance too!

An after school club for S1-S3 will also start in March for Rothesay Academy pupils - and the reformation of an adult team isn’t far off the agenda either.

Tag rugby is the non contact version of the sport which has the players wear a belt with two Velcro tags which can be played by both boys and girls of all ages.

Sam Lawrie, a keen rugby player from Helensburgh who is now working on Bute as a Strathclyde Police constable, said it was hoped the RBS Six Nations, which got under way last weekend, would help drum up interest in the sport and hopefully kick-start rugby on Bute, which was last played competitively in 2010-11.