World Cup winner helps side to record breaking win - after 30 hours on the pitch

The longest game of rugby lasted 30 overs and aims to raise a six-figure sum for charity

Fresh from its historic feats on the world’s highest mountain, a group of rugby enthusiasts has set another world record this summer.

Earlier this year, Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, broke two world records on Mount Everest, raising over £250,000.

The first saw a group of intrepid explorers play the highest altitude game of touch rugby outside at 5,119m above sea level.

Then the team then went one further with a game of rugby sevens at 6,331m, on the East Rongbuk Glacier - the highest game of rugby in history.

Closer to home - with temperatures nudging 33 degrees - they played for 30 hours to set a new world record for the world's longest rugby match.

The charity took on a School of Hard Knocks team which included England World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall.

And after 545 tries, 290 conversion and four drop goals, Gomarsall's side won 2,154 to 1,643.

“It’s fair to say that the feats of the teams on Everest were a source of inspiration for those taking part in the longest game, as we vied for a third world record for Wooden Spoon in this Rugby World Cup year,” he said.

“Although we faced a very different challenge – conditions that were probably at the other end of the spectrum to Everest. I don’t think anyone could have foreseen temperatures of over 30C, which were incredibly draining, as if playing rugby for 30 hours wasn’t difficult enough!

“But the guys bonded throughout the experience and supported each other, drawing strength from what we were setting out to achieve and the great causes that any funds raised will go towards.

“On behalf of all the players I’d ask that anyone who can donate to Wooden Spoon and School of Hard Knocks in support of this initiative to please do so.”

The match aims to raise £100,000 to help disadvantaged children in the UK have better opportunities in life as a bid to increase its impact in the year of the Rugby World Cup.

www.woodenspoon.org.uk