How rugby is a grow­ing force State­side

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350%

Rugby is the fastest-grow­ing sport in the US, with a 350 per cent rise in the past seven years.

91

The US have been Olympic cham­pi­ons for 91 years, win­ning gold the last time rugby union was in­cluded, at the Paris Games in 1924.

900

It is the largest club sport on Amer­i­can col­lege cam­puses, with an es­ti­mated 900 col­leges play­ing the game.

12

The US squad, known as the Ea­gles, have 12 play­ers play­ing rugby abroad, in­clud­ing cap­tain Chris Wyles and Hay­den Smith at Sara­cens, lock Greg Peter­son at Glas­gow, and No 8 Samu Manoa at Toulon. There were seven over­seas play­ers in 2007.

84%

In­crease in the num­ber of high-school rugby play­ers be­tween 2006-2011. To­day, there are 115,000 reg­is­tered play­ers.

2m

Num­ber of school­child­ren play­ing the non-con­tact, touch and pass Rockie Rugby ver­sion of the game.

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