Rahul's rugby dreams

Actor Rahul Bose thinks 2016 is the year Indian rugby is ready to take off.

By A staff reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 25.09.16
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Calcutta: Actor Rahul Bose thinks 2016 is the year Indian rugby is ready to take off.

Speaking during the prize distribution ceremony of the 83rd All India and South Asia Rugby Championship and Women's Rugby Championship, the former India player said the future of the game is very bright.

"From 17,000 we now have 57,000 playing rugby. And in the next five years we are confident 5,00,000 players taking up rugby as a profession. And then like so many Leagues around the world, we will also have a rugby league here in the country," he said at the CC&FC on Saturday.

"Our efforts are bearing fruits. For the first time we had the women's rugby nationals. We have gone to the tribal belts of Odisha and Maharashtra and people are getting interested. It's a big thing," he added.

For the record, the Army team won the men's title, defeating Delhi Hurricanes 18-5.

Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, Army Commander Eastern Command, who was one of the chief guests, also spoke on the occasion.