New world record for a rugby ball is set in Devon
A NEW world record has been set in Devon for the biggest-ever rugby ball.
The record was broken on Sunday at South Molton when Devon company Aramis unveiled a ball measuring at 5.98 metres in length with a diameter of 3.70 metres.
That beat the old record held by the Cathay Pacific ball, made to promote the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament of 2011.
Guinness adjudicators confirmed Aramis’ new record to a large gathering in South Molton’s central car park.
The event attracted a big crowd as the Top Gear helicopter lowered the ball into the car park on a giant cradle.
Then the ball, which was made to official rugby specifications, was moved by a crew of local rugby players on to a suitably large kicking tee.
Company director Roshni Mahajan said: “Aramis rugby are so proud to have set this new world record. Seeing the helicopter carrying that massive rugby ball into our home town was an incredible sight.
“We are strong supporters of the game of rugby and wish all the home nations well in the World Cup.”
South Molton town clerk Andre Coates said: “What a marvellous day for this historic town. Well done to local company Aramis who are really making a name for themselves. They have set a record which puts South Molton back on the sporting map.”
Mayor Paul Henderson agreed, saying: “A fabulous day all round. A lot of people have worked very hard to achieve this and congratulations to local company Aramis and everyone who made this possible.”