A group of Sports Management students from LIT will attempt to bring 2,000 people together to break the official Guinness World Record for the largest scrum ever in honour of the late Munster head coach Anthony Foley.
The “Scrum for Axel” campaign, which is supported by the Foley family, will take place in LIT's Moylish campus next month, near Thomond Park, at noon on April 4th.
The event's organiser, LIT Sports Management student Robert Lewis, said that the event was born out of a desire to commemorate Foley's life whilst also raising money for a charity of the family's choosing.
“The idea for the scrum came about shortly after Mr. Foley's passing as it seemed a fitting way to commemorate him and a way of raising money for charity," said Lewis.
“We are calling on people to come along on April 4th and join in the scrum. In the run up to it, we are asking people to form their own Scrum for Axel and post it on social media under the hashtag #scrumforaxel.
“We’re delighted that his family are supporting us, and we’re fundraising for a charity of the family’s choice. Schools, clubs and individuals have come on board to support it, and we’re pretty overwhelmed by the reaction really. We’re looking for as many people as possible to come along on the day and to scrum for Axel.”
The event also has the support of Foley's family, with Anthony's sister Rosie, a former Irish international in her own right, supporting the campaign saying that it would be a memorable way to commemorate her brother at his former school.
“The support since Anthony passed away has been amazing," said Rosie Foley.
"The honours, the accolades that have been bestowed on him have been humbling to say the least. The scrum initiative, when I first heard of it, I thought this is just brilliant.
"This is really the way to go. Anthony went to Moylish, or LIT at the time, many years ago when he left St. Munchin’s (school). It would be great to have a Guinness world record with his name associated with it.”
The current world record is held in Fukuroi, Japan and was set with 1,600 participants in September 2016.