Monday 17th June 2013, Mill Hill – History was made on Sunday as Maccabi GB’s Junior Rugby Squad broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Rugby Passes in an Hour’, with 2,336 passes.
The official attempt, which was held under strict regulations as laid out by the Guinness World of Records, was held on the main pitch at Allianz Park, home of Saracens RFC in Barnet Copthall. It involved the whole squad who will competing at the 19th Maccabiah Games, with a maximum of 15 boys at a time passing the ball a distance of five yards and in accordance with Rugby Union Rules. Overseeing the feat was an official RFU Referee, Carl Clarke, and two independent witnesses.
The unique idea was thought up by Manager, Neil Taylor, as a way for his squad to raise funds to compete in Israel – something which they managed to do through sponsorship from generous donors, family and friends. The final total raised was £10,000. The players have spent the last few months training for the attempt alongside their Maccabiah Games preparations. Following their effort the whole squad then attended the Maccabi GB Maccabiah Kit Day at JCoSS.
Speaking about the squad's World Record-breaking feat, Neil Taylor said, "The lads did a fantastic job! Their enthusiasm and team ethos resonated through-out the attempt. They put in a lot of hard work and dedication as a squad to prepare themselves, both mentally and physically, for this attempt and myself and my coaches are very proud of them for breaking the record. I hope we can carry this success through to the Maccabiah Games and take home the gold - the boys deserve it! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for helping us raise an incredible amount of money, especially Jill and Peter Luck-Hille. Competing at the Maccabiah Games is such an honour - one that only a handful of people get to experience - and the whole squad is grateful for the opportunity to represent Jewish rugby from Great Britain."
The previous record was 2,052 passes set by Thatto Heath Crusaders St Helens Girls ARLFC on 14 August 2011.
The world record will be confirmed by Guinness World of Records before being made official.