He's been billed as the fastest man in word rugby, an Olympic standard sprinter used to scorching up the running track.

So when Carlin Isles was challenged to a race by burly Jon Welsh, the burly 19-stone prop known more for his weightlifting exploits than his pace, there could be only one winner - right?

Wrong. It was a close thing, but Welsh won. "It was really funny, but yes, Welshy beat him," said Peter Murchie, the full back and one of those who witnessed the shock result.

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Confession time: over 40 metres, Welsh had a 20-metre head start. "Welshy did well but I've never seen anyone as quick as Carlin in a rugby situation," Murchie revealed.