LAHORE-Pakistan has been placed 10th in world rugby and third in Asia in ‘Get in to Rugby (GIR) programme’ and the World Rugby has taken due notice of Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU)'s achievement and indicated its interest to assist it in the further development of the sport through various programmes including training and material support.

"It is a matter of great pride for us that we are among the top 10 rugby nations in 150 countries this year in the number of boys and girls that participated in the GIR Programme around the globe and in top three in Asia," said PRU president Fawzi Khawaja here on Monday.

He said Pakistan rugby had been actively engaged in development of the sport at the grassroots level. "It also has embarked on an ambitious effort to induct trained coaches through its ‘train the trainer programme’. All participants are provided World rugby certification and to develop a pathway for these coaches," he added. Pakistan ranked third in Asia behind China and Japan who are also actively engaged in the GIR programme. "Seeing Pakistan rugby at rise, the world rugby has indicated an interest to assist it in the further development of the sport through various programmes," he asserted.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) secretary M Khalid Mahmood said that it was really heartening to observe that Pakistan rugby was among the top 10 performers worldwide in terms of the development as per World Rugby GIR Report. POA president Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan and the entire Olympic family offered their heartiest felicitations to PRU on achieving this ranking.