Arctic scrum for record breaking rugby match

LMAX Exchange boss Mercer at the North Pole
CHARITY fundraisers gave new meaning to the term Arctic roll last week, when they set a Guinness World Record for playing the northernmost rugby match in history – at the North Pole.

A team of 11 intrepid explorers, including the boss of LMAX Exchange, David Mercer, took to the field – or glacier, as it were – in a bid to raise £300,000 for Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.

Ex-England 7’s captain Ollie Phillips led a team out against ex-England and Leicester Tigers player Tim Stimpson – with the latter team winning 17-14. The match must have been light relief for the hard-wearing group after a trek of more than 60 miles to the North Pole.

“I feel very privileged to have been part of such a great group of people completing the challenge and expecting to set a Guinness World Record to boot,” Mercer said. “It was a once-in-a- lifetime experience, made all the sweeter by creating greater awareness of such a fantastic charity and raising a substantial sum of money.”

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