Rugby players are used to putting their bodies on the line.
But for the players of Widden Old Boys RFC the danger was to stomachs, and possibly waist lines rather than heads, or shoulders or knees.
The club held its second Man Vs Food challenge to raise funds for it’s Under 15’s team tour - and the hungry maulers had to scrum down with a yard-long hot dog.
A 36 inch-long sausage custom made by Cam Family Butchers weighing in at a full 2 lbs of meat served in a baguette with half a pound of cheese and onions and one pound of chips.
A full team, 15 players, started the challenge, but all were defeated. Six of the Under 15s squad tried and failed with Shaun Kent, a slightly built scrum half being 3 inches short of completion.
Senior side hooker Shaun Lowery, used a ‘don't stop chewing’ method to polish off the lot in a time of 53 minutes and 11 seconds and be the only entrant to finish. To prove it wasn’t a fluke he then put away a chocolate bar as pudding, but was reputed to have declined a pint at the bar.
In total, £200 was raised toward the tour.