Fans join in scrum to set new world record


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

RIVAL fans put their differences aside to set a new world record for the biggest ever rugby league scrum.

No fewer than 226 fans of North Wales Crusaders and Keighley Cougars graced the Racecourse turf to beat the previous record of 196, set in Australia in 2012.

It could take up to six months for the record to be verified but Crusaders chief executive Jamie Thomas said he was confident the club had provided enough evidence for it to get the nod.

He said: “As far as we are concerned we have set a new world record.

“We had fans from both sides – they all came out onto the middle of the pitch while the players were warming up before the game.

“They were lined up and the ball was put in and kicked through the scrum.

“We did a head count of everyone there and they were all registered. We took plenty of photos and filmed it as well.

“Being a rugby league scrum there wasn’t too much pushing and shoving going on.”

The Crusaders’ success in helping set a new world record could not be matched in the game as the team fell to a 16-14 defeat, with Sean Hesketh barging his way over the line for the winning Keighley try in the 74th minute.

The defeat sees Crusaders in 11th in the Championship league table, six points clear of bottom club, Barrow Raiders.

Their next two home games are to be played at Cefn Druids FC’s ground as works are completed to upgrade The Racecourse ahead of the start of the new football season.

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