Irish rugby icon joins school’s world record attempt

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Feb 2012



Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player, Jack Kyle OBE, will help Belfast Royal Academy organise over 750 schoolchildren from Belfast to become Guinness World Record breakers on March 30th.


The IRB Hall of Fame inductee and Academy alumnus was today joined at the school by His Excellency, Ambassador Jeremiah Ndou, at the launch of The RaboDirect Big Scrum. The World Record attempt is being supported by RaboDirect, the straight talking online bank and proud sponsors of the RaboDirect PRO12.

The RaboDirect Big Scrum will see boys and girls from different communities across Belfast pack down at Ravenhill before Ulster’s home match with Aironi in the RaboDirect PRO12. They will aim to power past the current milestone of750, which was set by Milton Keynes Scoutsat Wembley Stadium in December last year. The money raised will help to raise funds for the school’s ‘tour of a lifetime’ to South Africa this summer, as well as supporting charities Tygerburg Children’s Hospital, Newforge Taggers and the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Chris McCarey, Head of Rugby at Belfast Royal Academy, and responsible for the fundraising idea said:

“On behalf of the school, I’d like to thank RaboDirect for supporting this initiative. The pupils are excited about having the chance to become World Record holders, especially having the opportunity to do so at Ravenhill, with the support of Jack Kyle.  I’m sure it’s going to be an excellent occasion for everyone involved.”

Kyle, who won 46 caps for Ireland as well as starring for the British Lions in New Zealand and Australia in 1950, said:

“Some of my favourite experiences playing rugby have been whilst touring the southern hemisphere.  It’s a great opportunity to bond with your teammates, experience new and exciting cultures and ultimately have fun. These opportunities create lifelong memories, so I wish the pupils a very good trip ’’

Maeve Moriarty, Sponsorship Programme Manager at RaboDirect, said:

“We are delighted to be able to support this opportunity and hope we can break the record.  It’s great to be part of an exciting challenge that will help bring different communities together from across Belfast.”

The RaboDirect Big Scrum takes place at Ravenhill on Friday March 30th.  To make a donation to Belfast Royal Academy’s tour to South Africa or the associated charities, please contactthrough  or the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages.