Hounslow 1-0 Australia
It’s official. Hounslow schools and colleges are in the record books for taking part in the largest ever rugby scrum.
The Guinness Book of Records confirmed the accolade with a total number of 1,198 people in the scrum, beating the previous record held by Australia by 38.
Youngsters took part in the scrum at the playing fields of Cranford Community College as part of a tag-rugby festival inspired by Rugby World Cup 2015.
The scrum, funded by Hounslow Council and organised with Sport Impact saw 44 primary schools and two special schools represented together with 600 students from the community college.
Councillor Nisar Malik, Mayor of Hounslow helped to start it off by putting the ball into the scrum which had to be formed three times for the record to stand.
He said: “This is great news for our borough and well done to all involved. I could see that all who took part put in every effort and this has been rewarded. It’s official, we are a record-breaking borough!”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “This is fantastic news and everyone who took part should be very proud of their achievements.
“As a ‘Proud Host’ for Rugby World Cup 2015, we were determined to use the opportunity to inspire our youngsters to be more active.
“The rugby festival and scrum was designed with this mind. Hundreds of children from across the borough had a great time and we’ve emerged as the new record holders!”