Queensland Rugby has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation to raise funds to build the SCRUM monument at Suncorp Stadium – the home of the Queensland Reds.
THE SCRUM is an architecturally designed monument representative of the iconic rugby scrum and will reflect Queensland Rugby’s 130-year history.
Each arm of the scrum will symbolise one of the Queensland Rugby’s 13 decades and the significant achievements during those years.
The great players, coaches and administrators who helped shape the game in Queensland will be honoured within the structure of THE SCRUM. Additionally, Hall of Fame inductees for the decade will have their names inscribed.
To support the project, rugby fans can make a donation and provide a lasting legacy by being acknowledged with their name on a Hall of Fame Paver ($10,000) or a Platinum Legacy Paver ($1,500). All donations are tax deductible.
The world record for the largest scrum was set at Twickenham in London last September when 1,008 enthusiasts packed down together.
Queensland Rugby’s attempt will take place during a Buildcorp National Rugby Championship match at Ballymore on the weekend of September 12 and 13.
To receive an invitation to participate in the world record attempt, fans can make a tax deductible donation online of $10 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds going towards the building of the SCRUM monument.
As part of the launch of the World’s Largest Scrum Record attempt, the campaign’s official hashtag – #worldslargestscrum – will be printed on the field during the Queensland Reds Round 15 Super Rugby clash against the Sharks on Friday night.
Spectators will also be able to visit the World’s Largest Scrum marquee which will be located in Suncorp Stadium’s southern precinct on Friday night.
Queensland Rugby’s Chief Commercial Officer Dan Herbert said: “The World’s Largest Scrum attempt is a way to engage with the entire Rugby community and raise awareness for both The SCRUM monument and our fundraising program.
“The SCRUM monument is a concept that will allow us to celebrate Queensland’s rich 132-year history of our game in all its forms from the grassroots to the professional.”
Australian Sports Foundation Chief Executive, Patrick Walker, said the SCRUM project is a great example of rugby and its fans joining forces in celebrating rugby history.
“Queensland Rugby has enjoyed a wonderful history and the ASF is delighted to support a project which connects the game with its fans,” said Mr Walker.
“The project will help develop a deeper community connection with rugby and promote wider social inclusion which will ultimately lead to more participants at all levels of the game,” he said.
To enable tax deductibility, all participant donations and donor details are submitted to the ASF (Queensland Rugby Union Scrum Project) for the construction of the SCRUM monument. The ASF will issue donors with a tax deductible receipt via email in the week following the end of each month.