Rugby World Cup opening round whistle arrival 7 minutes by bike from UK 15:45


The whistle used in the opening round of the Rugby World Cup Japan tournament, which starts on the 20th of this month, was transported by bicycle from England over 7 months and arrived in Japan on the 12th.

The opening round of the Rugby World Cup Japan Tournament will take place on the 20th of this month at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, where Japan and Russia will face each other.

Organized by World Rugby, we decided to carry the whistle used by the referees in the opening round by bicycle from the UK to Japan, the venue of the previous tournament, to boost the first tournament in Asia.

The bosses were James Owen from Hong Kong and Ron Rutland from South Africa who are doing adventures and charity activities by bicycle. Over seven months, we crossed approximately 20,000 kilometers of the Eurasian continent while soliciting donations for children suffering from poverty.

Around 9:30 am on the 12th, two people who arrived from Osaka to Osaka Nanko by ferry appeared at the ferry terminal while pushing the bicycle and showed the whistle that they were carrying.

Mr. Owen said, “I am relieved to be able to carry the whistle safely to Japan. I hope that this tournament will bring many people together.”

They then moved to Tokyo by bicycle and handed the whistle directly to the referee at Tokyo Stadium on the 19th the day before the opening.