Skydivers, Military Wives, Red Arrows & 25 hours of rugby

Rugby blog by event organiser Alan Knell on tomorrows Guinness World Record attempt.

Welford Road is hosting the Scottys Little Soldiers rugby Guinness World Record attempt.

After months of planning and organising, we're finally here. Forty-four players aiming to play a continuous rugby match for 25 hours. Piece of cake isn't it?!

In all seriousness though, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that these boys will break the Guinness world record. I believe 100 per cent it will be accomplished, the thought of failure hasn't even crossed my mind.

All the lads are on their way to Leicester today from different parts of the country and will no doubt be filling their faces full of Nando's tonight before getting a good night's sleep.

They are all determined to do this and have been training so hard for it. It's all set up for them now. I've done all the work off the pitch and now it's over to them. I have every confidence in them. Plus, all the trophies have been bought and engraved so they've got to do it now!

In fact, we've managed to get the Aviva Premiership trophy down to Welford Road as well, so there will be a chance for people to have their pictures taken with that.

Get your photo taken with the Aviva Premiership Cup at Welford Road

There will be so much going on throughout the record attempt.

The players will be getting to the ground at about 8.30am, after that there will be a Red Arrows flypast, the Military Wives choir will be singing at 9.45am, then there will be a skydive into the ground at 10.30am. There will be 43 children of the fallen there, with families and friends in the stands. We'll have the national anthem and a minute's applause in tribute to the fallen, before

Vicky Scott meets all the players. The game will then kick off at 11am and it's over to the boys.

As for me, I'll be in the ground throughout the match. It might be difficult to keep my eyes open at times but I'll still be there. There will be plenty of time to get my head down after the match.

So that's it, really. After so long in the planning, we're ready for the Scotty's Little Soldiers world record rugby match attempt. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it.

We're hoping as many people as possible will get down to Welford Road to support the boys. It's not going to be easy for them and, although the rain seems to have finally subsided, it will sti

ll be an enormous task, so all support will be welcome.

Anyway, thanks for joining us on our journey so far and I hope to see you all down at the ground. Speak to you on the other side.


Read more about the Scotty's challenge on their Living Rugby page.

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