An Epic Cycling Adventure to Kick Off the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

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Hundreds of thousands of international tourists, sports enthusiasts and rugby fanatics worldwide are definitely looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The international sports event will take place in Japan from September 20 to November 2 this year. Since it will be the first time that the tournament will be held in Asia which is not within the traditional venue for the rugby union, numerous rugby fans are looking forward to the electrifying events during the Rugby World Cup hosted by the Land of the Rising Sun.


Two famous international cyclists who are also both rugby enthusiasts have committed themselves to finish a remarkable cycling quest from Twickenham, London to Tokyo, Japan in order to deliver the referee’s whistle just in time for the opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Their cycling journey is symbolic since London was the venue of the previous 2015 Rugby World Cup Finals. They are set to head to Tokyo Stadium for the opening game between two major participating countries: Japan and Russia.


To date, it has been around four months since Ron Rutland and James Owens left Twickenham stadium in London last February 2, 2019 to start off the epic twenty thousand kilometer cycling adventure to Tokyo, Japan. They are almost on the halfway phase of their journey as they have made their way through more than twenty countries such as Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, among others. One of the greatest challenges that the cyclists have to deal with during the course of their expedition is the drastic weather or climate change.

Despite all the difficulties and hardships that they have to endure, the cyclists are motivated to complete their mission. Aside from delivering the whistle to kick off the rugby games, they aim to raise funds for “ChildFund Pass It Back” program which is supported by the World Rugby Association to help educate and empower poor children all over Asia. According to James Owens, “Having a purpose greater than yourself is important and really keeps me ticking when
times get tough.”



Cyclists, plus Rugby World Cup whistle, battle the elements on epic journey

2019 Rugby World Cup

2019 Rugby World Cup: pair cycling from London to Tokyo to deliver referee’s whistle for Japan vs Russia opening game


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