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Rugby on the rise in Scotland

the rugby world cup is inspiring the younger generation to get involved Credit: ITV Border

Its not just in the World Cup that all the rugby action's taking place.

New Scottish Rugby figures show the number of competitive matches played at youth level by Scottish schools and clubs has doubled in the past month compared to September 2014.


Photos: Rugby World Cup on Scafell Pike

RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images
England Women's Rugby World Cup winner and England Rugby 2015 ambassador Maggie Alphonsi, RFU Board Member Ian Metcalfe and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont, with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rugby World Cup reaches new heights in Cumbria

The rugby world cup trophy has been in Cumbria as part of its 100-day tour around the British Isles.

It's the cup's second visit to our region. The tour began on the England Scotland Border at Carter Bar in June.

The organisers said they felt on top of the world after taking the trophy up Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. Later it went on to inspire young players in Workington.


Rugby World Cup coming to Cumbria

Children in Jedburgh pose with the Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV Border

The Rugby World Cup trophy is back in the region today on its pre-tournament journey round Britain and Ireland.

The Webb Ellis Cup, which visited the Scottish Borders last month, is being taken to the summit of Scafell Pike and then on to Workington Rugby Club.

N-ice pass - rugby match at Magnetic North Pole

Two men from the south of Scotland will be on top of the world this evening - when they play a rugby match at the Magnetic North Pole.

Andrew Walker from Closeburn and adventurer Jock Wishart from Dumfries, are set to become World Record-breakers with the game they're taking part in being the most northerly rugby match of all time.

The Arctic Rugby Challenge has seen eleven challengers from across the UK, including Andrew and Jock, reach the Magnetic North Pole after five days of trekking across the Arctic sea ice alongside their support team of polar guides.

Rugby practice in the Arctic Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge

After sleeping, the teams will get up to ready an area of ice as a rugby pitch.

A plane carrying Lee Mears, the former England hooker, and a small group of supporters is set to fly in later today. Lee will be the official match referee for the challengers’ world record setting rugby game.

The plane will also be bringing specially constructed rugbyposts (designed to be light weight and portable in a small aircraft).

The challenge is hoping to raise over £300,000 for WoodenSpoon, the children’s charity of rugby supporting disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK and Ireland.

Trekking to the Magnetic North Pole Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge
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