WOBS Legend makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records
Calnan, Worth Old Boy and bastion of the WOBS Rugby Football Club has
recently been confirmed as a new entrant into the Guinness Book ofWorld Records for becoming the oldest player to debut in two forms of rugby at full international test level.
living in the United Arab Emirates, Tom plays for the Abu Dhabi
Harlequins and last year represented the UAE at Full international
level for both Rugby Union and Rugby League.
The recent article from the Abu Dhabi national press is below and can be found here
An Abu Dhabi rugby
player is set to enter the book of Guinness World Records for being the
oldest player to debut in full internationals in both union and league.
Tom Calnan, the Abu Dhabi
Harlequins full-back, represented the country in a league international
against Pakistan at age 35 in March 2012.
Later that year, by which time
he had turned 36, he debuted for the UAE’s union side in the Emirates
Airline Cup of Nations against Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.
Some of Calnan’s teammates contacted the office of the book of records to see if he was the oldest dual international debutant.
An adjudicator has researched the record for the past six months and provided the following confirmation.
“I have been looking into your
claim and cross-referencing with all the other double cap winners in
rugby history,” said Ralph Hannah of Guinness World Records. “It has
taken a long time to conclude, but we are now confident you do hold the
record assuming both games were ‘full internationals’ as recognised by
the two respective international federations.”
Both the national governing
boards for the union and league codes have supported his claim to the
record in correspondence with Guinness World Records.
“Mr Calnan was awarded a
ceremonial full Test cap for his debut versus Hong Kong in a bona fide
IRB sanctioned international senior Test Match,” wrote Wayne Marsters,
the UAE rugby manager.
Sol Mokdad, the president of
UAE Rugby League, wrote: “Mr Calnan made his debut for the UAE versus
Pakistan, in a home match played in Dubai on 30 March 2012, starting on
the wing in a 28-26 victory.
“The game was a full rugby
league international Test match, as it was recognised as such by the
Rugby League International Federation.”
Calnan, who works in Dubai for a law firm, said he started investigating the idea of being a record holder on the off chance.
“My dad and I were talking
about double caps, trying to name them all – all the good ones, like
Jason Robinson, Sonny Bill Williams, legends like that,” he said.
“Jonathan Davies, Andy Farrell
– we were joking that there is a long list with me at the end of it.
Dad pointed out that not many of them would have been 36 when they got
their double cap.
“We googled Guinness Book of
Records, and they researched it. I was just really pleased to get
capped by UAE, to be honest. The world record has just been a spin-off