A new rugby side with an all inclusive ethos is set to kick off in north east Fife.

Across Scotland, the SRU is doing everything it can to help young players with disabilities to get involved with the game.
Named ‘Unified rugby’, players with and without mild learning or physical disabilities train and play rugby together, using a set of modified rules which restrict the form of tackling permitted on some players.
Coloured scrum caps allow players who are not participating in full contact rugby to be identified clearly.

The sides are known as ‘clans’, and, currently, there are clans Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayr, with new clans starting up soon in the Borders and Aberdeen.
Fife is set to get in on the clan act too, with the Howe of Fife giving its backing to the creation of a unified side.
Karen Mitchell, who plays with the Howe women’s side, as well as working as part of the inclusions team at Fife College, is one of those helping its launch.
She explained: “I have been lucky in having a very supportive club support my plans to further develop the introduction of inclusive rugby at Howe of Fife Rugby Club, and indeed in Fife in general.

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