Anthony Foley’s legacy was given a global stage when LIT students entered the Guinness World Records with their ‘Scrum for Axel’ overturning the existing record for the largest scrum ever when 1,740 literally put their shoulders behind the initiative.
Held at the institute’s Moylish headquarters, where Foley himself attended before taking up a career in professional rugby, turn-out for the event echoed the sense of solidarity for the Foley family that has swept across Munster and Ireland since Anthony’s untimely passing in October.
Students, staff, primary school children, rugby clubs and pensioners all combined to create a special tribute to the heroic Shannon, Munster and Ireland rugby legend. Rosie Foley, Anthony’s sister, herself a former Ireland rugby international, helped set the scrum along the length of the institute’s GAA pitches.
Adjudicators from Ernst and Young were present for the record-breaking attempt and have sent documentary evidence to the Guinness Book of World Records for official ratification. The previous record of 1,600 was well and truly broken, as each participant was counted before being dispatched to the pitch in groups of 50 to join the scrum which ran all of 150 metres.
Reflecting on the achievement, Rosie said the Foley family are humbled yet again by the continued dedication to Anthony’s memory. “So many of these students would have been too young to see Anthony play, yet they have created this piece of history in his honour. We’ve been so humbled by the tributes, the incredible support and the all-round generosity of people since Anthony sadly passed away. It was the perfect piece; a world record scrum in his name and money raised also to go to charity. The students deserve so much praise for this.”