to RWC

Race to Rugby World Cup™

Ron Rutland and James Owens have finally completed their remarkable quest: cycling 20,901 km across Europe and Asia – from London to Tokyo – arriving just in time for Rugby World Cup 2019™. Their extreme expedition took them through 27 countries over 230 days.

Why did they do 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.

Race to RWC started on February 2, 2019 and ended on September 19th when Ron and James handed the whistle for the opening match over to RWC referee Nigel Owens.

Please support Ron, James and ChildFund Pass It Back by making a donation.

Fundraising Tracker

20,901 km cycled
€123,696 raised



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 logistics.dhl.

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