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Race to Rugby World Cup cyclists arrive at Tokyo Stadium after epic 20,000km journey

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Race to Rugby World Cup cyclists arrive at Tokyo Stadium after epic 20,000km journey

The two cyclists delivering the official match whistle for the Rugby World Cup have completed their seven-month long journey from London to Tokyo on two wheels to raise money for rugby-for-development organisation ChildFund Pass It Back.

Tokyo, Japan, 19 September 2019: Cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens have finally completed their remarkable quest of cycling over 20,000km through 27 countries from London to Tokyo, in a bid to deliver the official whistle for the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019 played between Japan and Russia.

Ron and James began the ‘Race to RWC’ on 2 February, departing from Twickenham Stadium, London, and finally arrived in Osaka, Japan on 12 September. Their seven-month journey has seen them battle all the elements, as well as live in a vast array of accommodations ranging from their tent to the homes of locals kindly offering them a place to stay.

The expedition, backed by DHL, the Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019, supports ChildFund, World Rugby’s principal charity partner, and their unique rugby for development programme, ChildFund Pass It Back.

This programme gives children in Asia, primarily those living in disadvantaged communities, the opportunity to take part in organised sport, often for the first time, and learn vital life skills through rugby.

Following completion of today’s ‘Captain’s Run’ by the Japanese National team, Ron and James cycled into Tokyo Stadium and officially handed over the match whistle to referee Nigel Owens, who has the honour of presiding the opening match at Rugby World Cup 2019 tomorrow.


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Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 09:46