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Record scrum attempt in Palmerston North

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017
More than 1565 people are needed to break the record currently held by Fukuroi in Japan. © Getty Images More than 1565 people are needed to break the record currently held by Fukuroi in Japan.

All ages are welcome when Palmerston North attempts to form the world's largest scrum.

Gates open to Palmerston North Boys' High School (PNBHS) rugby field from noon on Thursday and the attempt takes place at 1.30pm.

More than 1565 people are needed to break the record currently held by Fukuroi in Japan.

The record has been changing hands a lot. In August 2016 Cardiff took the honours after 1297 players turned out to form a scrum, beating the record of 1198 set at Twickenham during the Rugby World Cup.

The attempt in Palmerston North is part of the city's three-day Winter Festival.

It's expected to attract some visiting British & Irish Lions tour spectators. Local Black Ferns star, utility back Selica Winiata is lined-up to release the ball into the massive scrum.

"We know what rugby means to Palmerston North and what better way is there to show this to the world?" says Ian Littleworth, the Palmerston North City Council community engagement manager.

Participants are required to register on arrival to ensure numbers are documented, so they are encouraged to arrive early. They are also encouraged to wear black or navy tops/jackets.

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