In the Cup, 16 schools from the under-18 competition and the under-16 competition will be fighting for an early Christmas present with the Cup final set to take place at the end of November, to ensure an increased number of competitive games in the first half of the season.
The revision of the competition format will also see more opportunities for schools in the Plate and Bowl rounds of the tournament by delivering an increased number of fixtures for the emerging rugby schools.
By making the Cup a standalone competition, it is hoped that the Plate and Bowl will become more competitive with more developing schools challenging both each other and some more established schools.
This is also supported by the decision to regionalise the Plate competition with 16 teams competing from four regions: North; Midlands; Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders; and Glasgow.
Scottish Rugby’s Head of Community Rugby Colin Thomson said: “It’s imperative that sporting opportunities for young people start at school. School rugby in particular is crucial to the development of the game in Scotland and Scottish Rugby is committed to developing school rugby.
“We’re delighted that over 200 schools will be taking part in this year’s competition. We’re lucky to have so many committed volunteers in schools providing opportunities for children to experience extra-curricular sport as part of their education. This is positive for the development of individuals both on and off the playing field.”