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.