THREE sportsmen from Suffolk have set a world record and raised more than £15,000 for charity – by playing a rugby match.
Tom Cadge, James Collingwood and Andy Waterhouse, from Thurston Rugby Club, tackled a 24-hour rugby challenge to raise money for charity.
Fourty-four players from around the country gathered at Congleton Park, in Cheshire, to form two teams – the Congleton Bears and the Mali Lions – and take part in a day-long tournament.
Tom, 22, from Thurston, and 21-year-old Andy, from Drinkstone, played for the Mali Lions, while 22-year-old James Collingwood, from Beyton, helped out the Congleton Bears side. But after 24 hours 30 minutes and six seconds the Mali Lions were victorious with a score of 889 to Congleton’s 715, securing a place in the record books for the longest rugby match.
Student Tom said: “It has always been a life long goal of mine to have a world record and I thought that would be a very good opportunity to reach that goal and for a good cause.”
The game raised £15,000 for the Mali Initiative which builds schools in Africa, and the Mercian Benevolent Fund. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/andy-waterhouse