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25 hour rugby match in Leicester breaks world record

A world record has been broken in Leicester for the longest game of rugby.

The 25 hour game, which was held at the Leicester Tigers stadium, raised around £50,000 to help the armed forces charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.

The players started yesterday at 11am and continued through the night.

The charity, which helps the children of servicemen and women who have been killed in action, was established by mother-of-two Nikki Scott, whose husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan.

Tigers players pose before 25-hour charity rugby match

Leicester Tigers players pose with Scotty's Little Soldiers Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester Tigers players posed for a photo this morning before the beginning of a 25-hour record-breaking attempt to play the longest game of rugby.

It is in aid of Scotty's Little Soldiers - a charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British armed forces.

The charity provides treats, outings, trips and activities for families of the fallen, with the aim of offering a respite from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.


25-hour charity rugby match in Tigers stadium

The armed forces charity Scotty's Little Soldiers is attempting to break the world record for the longest-ever game of rugby union to help raise funds to support the charity. They will be playing for 25 hours non-stop in the Leicester Tigers stadium.

The military wives choir will be singing at the event today Credit: ITV News Central

The Military Wives Choir are also singing and the British Army's Red Devil skydiving team will be flying into the stadium with the match ball before the game kicks off.