Scotland reveal big ambitions
June 30, 2012
Scotland celebrate their victory over Australia this summer © Getty Images
Scotland have unveiled ambitious targets of claiming a Six Nations Grand Slam by 2016 and winning the Rugby World Cup.
Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson revealed the goals at the SRU's AGM on Saturday, and also announced a four-year plan to put Glasgow and Edinburgh among the best teams in Europe.
Dodson said: "The goals we've set reflect our ambition for the game in Scotland. With unity, and support from the whole nation, there is no reason we can't achieve those goals. We are making real progress in revitalising the game of rugby in Scotland."
Scotland beat Australia, Samoa and Fiji during this summer's tour of the southern hemisphere after losing every game in this season's Six Nations. At club level, Edinburgh reached the Heineken Cup semi-finals while Glasgow made the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs.
"Since I joined Scottish Rugby I've said I want to place much greater focus on making the pro clubs as successful as we can," he said. "By better aligning our professional sides with clubs sides around the country we will be able to support and nurture the grassroots and the top tier of the game.
"I firmly believe that by doing that, we will create a virtuous circle, which benefits every club and player in the country. We want to capitalise on the good seasons enjoyed at the Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby and challenge them to go even further in this coming season.
"More successful pro clubs means more interest in the sport and more money coming into the game. That filters back down to the clubs and schools at the grassroots. They can then encourage and nurture the next generation of talent, the next generation who aspire to lead out their team or even the national side to success."
Dodson also reported a surplus of £1.6million with turnover increasing by £3.1million.
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