IT’S official: Haddington RFC are record breakers!

Twelve months ago, the club invited as many people as possible to take part in a massive game of rugby.

A total of 467 men, women and children – including Scotland internationals with more than 100 caps – took to the pitch at Neilson Park.

Now the rugby club has found out that number is officially a world record.

Keith Wallace, president of the rugby club, said: “What a fantastic day we had and it’s wonderful to have it formally confirmed at last.

“Thanks to all who took part and helped to organise, from the club and also from the SRU (Scottish Rugby Union), Royal Bank of Scotland and Wooden Spoon.

“Particularly pleasing in that this was a whole club affair from ages five to 73.

“Congratulations to my 466 fellow world record holders!”

Mr Wallace took part in the early stages of the mammoth six-hour match and was joined by Scotland internationalists Stuart McInally (20 caps), Willem Nel (24 caps) and Sarah Law (38 caps).

Also taking part was former Lions and Scotland forward Finlay Calder, who grew up in the town.

The match was part of the 700-year anniversary of Haddington’s Royal Charter and saw Haddington President’s XV take on Haddington Barbarians XV.

Provost John McMillan, who lives less than 100 metres from the pitch, kicked the match off.

The councillor, who previously played for Murrayfield 3rds, was delighted to be involved and congratulated the club on the achievement.

He was “delighted” to kick off the record-breaking tie and played 12 minutes before stepping aside.

Mr McMillan, who is also a ward councillor, said: “I had heard about the announcement over the weekend.

“It is just great news and it was such a community effort.

“It was great of the rugby club to get involved and a unique thing to think up.

“I don’t think many rugby games have been kicked off by a man wearing a chain.

“There were young, old, old players, boys, girls, ladies – it was an amazing effort to get that continuous game of rugby.”

Haddington RFC kick off the new season away at Broughton in an Edinburgh Shield tie next Saturday (August 31).