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Race to Rugby World Cup

Ron Rutland and James Owens are setting off on a remarkable quest: to cycle 18,500 km across Europe and Asia – from London to Tokyo – and arrive just in time for Rugby World Cup 2019. This extreme expedition will take them through 23 countries over 230 days.

Why are they doing it? To raise money and awareness for ChildFund Pass It Back, the official charity of Rugby World Cup 2019 and the tournament’s Official Logistics Partner DHL, and to promote the game of rugby.

The Race to RWC starts on February 2, 2019. Please support Ron and James and ChildFund Pass It Back by making a donation or even joining the duo for part of their adventure. Follow this space for regular updates, photos and messages from Ron and James as they pedal their way to Rugby World Cup 2019.

About DHL's role

DHL has supported Ron’s adventures from day one. As he often says, without the company’s support in Africa, he’d probably have been six months late for the kick-off of Rugby World Cup 2015!

DHL is proud to partner with ChildFund Pass It Back and excited to support Ron and James throughout their journey.

Along the way, the duo will have the opportunity to visit DHL offices and meet the people who power our organization. We’re looking look forward to welcoming both Ron and James into our family.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of 360,000 people in over 220 countries and territories offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international deliveries, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. Find out more at


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