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SportTwickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup

13:26  19 september  2019
13:26  19 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Two Hongkongers have arrived in Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019, having cycled 20,000km from Twickenham But for the biking pair, it’s about more than arriving at the rugby . Rugby World Cup : pair cycling from London to Tokyo to deliver ref whistle. “I want to live in the moment so

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Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © CHARLY TRIBALLEAU The precious cargo was delivered to referee Nigel Owens

After cycling more than 20,000 kilometres (14,000 miles) through 27 countries from Twickenham to Tokyo, two rugby-mad fans finally arrived Thursday with a crucial item: the referee's whistle for the opening World Cup game.

Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 19: Referee Nigel Owens welcomes cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens who deliver the official Referee whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after cycling from London ahead of the opening match between Japan and Russia on September 19, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images,) Ron Rutland and James Owens have raised more than 75,000 euros ($82,500) for the official World Cup charity, ChildFund Pass It Back, and seek to seize on the first time the tournament has been played in Asia to lift awareness of the game.

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Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 19: Referee Nigel Owens welcomes cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens who deliver the official Referee whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after cycling from London ahead of the opening match between Japan and Russia on September 19, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images,) In an interview with AFP as they passed through Hanoi, the pair said they had encountered surprisingly few mishaps -- apart from dodging aggressive street dogs in Iran and Turkey, and stomach bugs that laid them both low in India.

Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters Cyclists James Owens and Ron Rutland pose with bicycles after reaching Osaka, following almost 20,000 kilometre trip from London to deliver Rugby World Cup whistle, in Osaka, Japan September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jack Tarrant "Cycling through countries like Iran and Turkey, numerous times people slowed down, opened their windows, handed us Cokes and water, oranges and fruit, countless, countless times," South African-born Rutland, a former rugby player, told AFP.

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They bedded down in a monastery in Myanmar, stayed with families in Tajikistan and otherwise pitched their tent wherever they could if the weather co-operated.

It is not the first long-distance adventure for Rutland.

Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters Referee Nigel Owen holds up the whistle to be used in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup delivered by Ron Rutland and James Owens, who cycled from London, in Tokyo, Japan September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Matthew Childs He cycled through every country in Africa en route to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and in 2017 played what has been billed as the longest hole of golf in history -- 80 days and 20,000 shots in total -- across Mongolia.

Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters Referee Nigel Owen holds up the whistle to be used in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup delivered by Ron Rutland and James Owens, who cycled from London, in Tokyo, Japan September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Matthew Childs They packed very lightly along the way -- a few clothes, some first-aid essentials and a GPS tracker mapping their progress online, as well as the precious cargo of the whistle that Welshman Nigel Owens will use to referee the Japan-Russia opener on Friday.

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Rugby World Cup worldwide partner DHL is supporting an epic endurance cycling challenge from London to Tokyo . Departing Twickenham Stadium, London, Ron and James will arrive in Tokyo on 19 September ahead of the first official Rugby World Cup 2019™ match, taking place between

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Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 19: Referee Nigel Owens welcomes cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens who deliver the official Referee whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after cycling from London ahead of the opening match between Japan and Russia on September 19, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images,) The pair also carried a ball that they brought out wherever they went, as they attempted to spread the rugby gospel to less-developed nations like Bulgaria, India, Vietnam and Laos.

Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup © Reuters TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 19: Referee Nigel Owens welcomes cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens who deliver the official Referee whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after cycling from London ahead of the opening match between Japan and Russia on September 19, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images,) Rutland is rooting for South Africa, Owens for England but they both agree that they want hosts Japan to go far in the tournament, hopefully raising rugby's profile in Asia.

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Rugby World Cup worldwide partner DHL is supporting an epic endurance cycling challenge from London to Tokyo . The “Race to RWC” starts on 2 February 2019. Departing Twickenham Stadium, London, Ron and James will arrive in Tokyo on 19 September ahead of the first official Rugby World

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Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup
Twickenham to Tokyo: 'Rugby bikers' arrive at World Cup

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