RaboDirect PRO12 clubs Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors are at the heart of SRU chief executive Mark Dodson’s ambitious plans to turn Scotland into a world powerhouse.
Although Scotland were whitewashed in the 2012 Six Nations, Dodson is targeting a Grand Slam within four years as well as a World Cup triumph.
But while sometimes the demands of professional clubs are seen at odds with the national team cause, Dodson made it clear he wants the two to work in tandem.
"The goals we've set reflect our ambition for the game in Scotland," said Dodson.
"With unity, and support from the whole nation, there is no reason we can't achieve those goals.
"We are making real progress in revitalising the game of rugby in Scotland.
"Since I joined Scottish Rugby I've said I want to place much greater focus on making the pro clubs as successful as we can.
"By better aligning our professional sides with clubs sides around the country we will be able to support and nurture the grassroots and the top tier of the game.
"I firmly believe that by doing that, we will create a virtuous circle, which benefits every club and player in the country.
"More successful pro clubs means more interest in the sport and more money coming into the game.
"That filters back down to the clubs and schools at the grassroots. They can then encourage and nurture the next generation of talent, the next generation who aspire to lead out their team or even the national side to success."