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Cyclists ride 20,000 km to deliver Rugby World Cup whistle to Japan

Japan, Shizuoka
September 18, 2019 at 13:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two cyclists, James Owens from Hong Kong and Ron Rutland from South Africa have cycled more than 20,000 km (12,427 miles) across 27 countries to deliver a match whistle from Twickenham in London to Tokyo Stadium for the kick-off match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Footage filmed on Wednesday in Shizuoka shows the two intrepid cyclists riding through the Japanese countryside and stopping for a much needed lunch break.

The pair embarked on their journey on February 2, with the opening match whistle. Both riders hope to raise money for the charity ChildFund Pass It Back from their epic journey.

"For me this trip has just proven that absolutely anything is possible, like James and I are not real cyclists, we just dreamt up this plan of cycling across the world and the bicycle just for us has just been the tool. You know I'm a big fat guy, James broke his leg last year so we are not great cyclists or great athletes or anything like that but we had this big dream," cyclists Ron Rutland said.

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick-off on September 19, when home team Japan faces off against Russia at the Tokyo stadium.

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Two cyclists, James Owens from Hong Kong and Ron Rutland from South Africa have cycled more than 20,000 km (12,427 miles) across 27 countries to deliver a match whistle from Twickenham in London to Tokyo Stadium for the kick-off match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Footage filmed on Wednesday in Shizuoka shows the two intrepid cyclists riding through the Japanese countryside and stopping for a much needed lunch break.

The pair embarked on their journey on February 2, with the opening match whistle. Both riders hope to raise money for the charity ChildFund Pass It Back from their epic journey.

"For me this trip has just proven that absolutely anything is possible, like James and I are not real cyclists, we just dreamt up this plan of cycling across the world and the bicycle just for us has just been the tool. You know I'm a big fat guy, James broke his leg last year so we are not great cyclists or great athletes or anything like that but we had this big dream," cyclists Ron Rutland said.

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick-off on September 19, when home team Japan faces off against Russia at the Tokyo stadium.

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