This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
02:58

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.

02:58
No Account? Sign up!
Description

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.

Trending
Top downloads in last 24 hours
View all videos
Pool for subscribers only
03:20
Japan: Tokyo Olympics to begin 23 July 2021 due to coronavirus
March 30 at 20:10 GMT +00:00
02:37
USA: Volunteer veterans patrol SF's Chinatown to fight coronavirus-related racism
April 04 at 03:14 GMT +00:00
02:28
Ecuador: Cardboard coffins distributed to Guayaquil residents amid overwhelmed mortuaries
April 07 at 04:33 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:25
Tunisia: P-Guard robots patrol streets during coronavirus lockdown
March 26 at 15:54 GMT +00:00
01:02
USA: Army personnel deployed in New York City amid coronavirus crisis
April 05 at 19:56 GMT +00:00
01:29
Austria: Innsbruck residents react to decision on easing coronavirus lockdown
April 07 at 11:47 GMT +00:00
03:41
Italy: Civil Defence helps Venice's elderly with shopping as lockdown continues
April 07 at 10:36 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:31
Spain: Two million masks and medical supplies stolen in Santiago de Compostela
April 06 at 16:17 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:37
Ukraine: Firefighters tackle flames in exclusion zone around Chernobyl
April 07 at 11:27 GMT +00:00
01:54
Thailand: Lopburi residents feed monkeys as numbers of tourists plunge with pandemic
April 07 at 08:36 GMT +00:00
03:48
Love in the time of Corona: German-Danish elderly couple meet at closed border every day
April 06 at 00:07 GMT +00:00
02:05
China: Shanghai parks spring back to life after months of COVID-19 restrictions
April 06 at 14:06 GMT +00:00
02:27
Ecuador: Corpses lay on streets and at homes as authorities struggle to cope with COVID-19 outbreak
April 04 at 06:15 GMT +00:00
03:21
Germany: Erfurt bakery churns out coronavirus cupcakes
April 06 at 14:02 GMT +00:00
01:58
Pakistan: Police arrest doctors during protest over lack of equipment in fight against COVID-19
April 06 at 23:31 GMT +00:00
05:12
Italy: Footage shows Venice’s iconic canals left deserted amid coronavirus lockdown
April 06 at 20:10 GMT +00:00
02:04
Iran: Historic Shah Cheragh shrine turned into workshop for coronavirus masks
April 06 at 19:18 GMT +00:00
04:19
Afghanistan: Border with Pakistan temporarily reopens for Afghans stranded amid coronavirus closure
April 07 at 00:32 GMT +00:00
01:20
USA: Military doctors deployed to Javits Center field hospital in NYC
April 07 at 01:27 GMT +00:00
02:07
Russia: Moscow landmarks emptied out amid coronavirus restrictions
April 06 at 20:39 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:05
Spain: Footage from Barcelona hospital's intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients
April 06 at 14:49 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:28
Serbia: Russian coronavirus response team disinfects hospitals in Belgrade
April 06 at 09:02 GMT +00:00
01:47
Brazil: Drone footage shows hundreds of graves dug in Sao Paulo cemetery amid coronavirus outbreak
April 04 at 21:22 GMT +00:00
01:09
Italy: Red Cross volunteers entertain children with flash mob
April 06 at 18:23 GMT +00:00
01:32
UK: PM Boris Johnson spends night in hospital after being taken to intensive care
April 07 at 07:16 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:39
UK: 'Government business will continue' - Raab after PM Johnson moved to intensive care
April 06 at 22:19 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:30
USA: 'Americans are all praying for his recovery' - Trump about PM Johnson
April 07 at 02:48 GMT +00:00
01:20
USA: Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo
April 06 at 01:25 GMT +00:00
View all videos