Our new charity partner Wooden Spoon are renowned for their spectacular events to raise awareness and money in order to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability.
For example in 2015, two teams led by former Rugby Union Internationals Ollie Phillips and Tim Stimpson completed the Arctic Rugby Challenge. They trekked over 60 miles across arctic ice to the 1996 Magnetic North Pole, surviving harrowing winds, avoiding polar bears and facing temperatures of -30 degrees. Once at the Magnetic North Pole, the brave challengers created a pitch and played a full 7-a-side rugby match – setting a new Guinness World Record for the northernmost rugby match in history.
However in 2019 Wooden Spoon are facing an even more spectacular challenge as rugby stars Lee Mears, Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams and Tamara Taylor will attempt to set two world records on Mount Everest. They will trek and play alongside 20 inspirational men and women to help raise more than £200,000 for children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland.
The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge takes place across 24 days (13 April to 6 May 2019) and will see the group battle acclimatisation and heights of 6,500 metres to play the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed touch rugby in history – all in support of Wooden Spoon.
World Rugby has spoken to the challengers in advance: