World record scrum attempt for Axel Foley

World record scrum attempt for Axel Foley


Photo: Alan Place Photography

The world’s largest scrum looks set to take place at Limerick Institute of Technology in the shadow of Thomond Park next week in memory of Anthony Foley.

The world record attempt for the largest scrum, in memory of the late Anthony Foley, has received the backing of the legendary rugby star’s family.

Speaking in a video promoting the event, Rosie, herself a former Ireland rugby international, said:  “The support since Anthony passed away has been amazing. 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.”

"Scrum For Axel" – World record attempt in memory of the late …

A world record attempt for the largest scrum, in memory of the late Anthony Foley, has received the backing of the legendary rugby star’s family.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A group of Sports Management students from LIT are bringing 2,000 people together (literally) to break the official Guinness World Record for the largest scrum ever.

The “Scrum for Axel”, which is supported by the Foley family, will take place in LIT’s Moylish campus, adjacent to Thomond Park at noon on April 4th.

The event is also supported by Anthony’s club, Shannon RFC, by Thomond Park, by LIT and by current and former colleagues in Munster Rugby. Members of the public are encouraged to join in on the day.

LIT Sports Management student Robert Lewis explained how the event came about – “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.

The late Anthony Foley – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“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.”

Former Ireland and Munster player Jerry Flannery encourages everyone to get into it, “I think this is a fantastic idea.  I’m involved and would love to see as many people as possible answering the call to come along and scrum it out.  We’re remembering Anthony by setting a world record and raising money for a good cause in the process.”

Photo: Alan Place Photography

President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “This is a very special event for us.  We’re proud to join with the Foley Family and Anthony’s former colleagues, his club and the broader community to remember him in this way.  The energy of our students reflects Anthony’s drive and energy, and the very fact that this world record attempt exists is down to the regard that people of all ages, walks and creeds hold for him.

“It is a real testament to the man that the generation below him are seeking to remember him in this way. The support that the students have received is absolutely amazing.  It crosses generational and social lines.  It has become evident that people have been looking for an outlet to express their respect for Anthony Foley and solidarity with his family.  I am glad that we can help this process and hope that the generosity of spirit that this event is bringing out in people will be a comfort and a benefit to Olive and the Foley family.”

Members of the public are invited to get involved at LIT Moylish on Tuesday, April 4th at midday in order to help break the world record. Registration takes place in the Millennium Theatre from 11:30am. Car parking is available in Thomond Park and LIT Moylish, but spaces are limited.

A bucket collection will be held on the day. All donations big or small will be welcome. All money raised will go a charity nominated by the Foley family.

The current world record is held in Fukuroi, Japan and was set in September 2016.

For further details: Facebook: Scrum for AxelTwitter: #ScrumforAxelWebsite:

This attempt has been officially recognised and accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records and with adherence to its rules and regulations, which each participant must read and adhere to.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.