By A Sports Reporter. Photograph By Azad Shrivastav
MUMBAI: Former India rugby player and actor Rahul Bose hinted that the Indian Rugby Football Union, the governing body for the sport in the country is slated to have a league of their own in 12-18 months.
Riding on the success of smaller sports like kabaddi making it big in a league format, Bose expected their version of the league to come up within a couple of years. “In the past 10 years, rugby has grown in India. We have a pool of 55,000 players. We also have former rugby players as members in the Indian Rubgy Football Union, which speaks about the players involvement in the game,” said Bose speaking at a function announcing a three-year sponsorship deal for an undisclosed amount with "Societe Generale" to support the national teams as well as undertake grass-root development.
Aga Hussain, VP of Asia Rugby was optimistic that with continous investment in the sport, India would be able to break through into the top 50 in the world rankings sooner that expected. “We are currently ranked 12th out of 32 countries in Asia. If the sport is backed in the same way then we would break into the top five in the continent next five years. I am confident we will be in the top five in Asia and break into the top 50 in the world," Hussain said of the 77th ranked Indian team.