Battersea Ironsides RFC have been recognised as “officially amazing” by Guinness World Records for the largest rugby tour ever.

The massive mini-rugby tour to Minehead over the May Bank Holiday weekend was in celebration of Ironsides 75th anniversary season.

The tour comprised 306 Ironsides players and coaches - which made up 28 teams from Under 7 to Under 12 age groups and was good enough to set a new benchmark for the world.

Dave Watson, Ironsides minis chairman said: “It’s amazing to be awarded a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest rugby tour.

"It’s a massive achievement that all our young players can be really proud of, and it’s also a massive boost, alongside the Rugby World Cup, for what we want to achieve as a rugby club: giving everyone in our community access to this fantastic sport.”

In addition to players and coaches, 273 other Ironsiders headed down in support.

Mr Watson hoped that news of the record would spur on one of the club's most famous members.

"Kyle Sinckler - currently representing England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan - started playing rugby with Battersea Ironsides minis," he said.

"He is a huge inspiration to all the Ironsides players and we hope our new Guinness World Records achievement will inspire him to World Cup glory. Go Kyle!"