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Cyclists cross 20000km to deliver World Cup whistle

Intrepid cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens yesterday delivered the Whistle to be used in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after traveling more than 20,000km in 231 days from London.

The pair, who began their trip at Twickenham Stadium in February, handed the whistle to Welsh referee Nigel Owens, who is to be taking charge of today’s clash between hosts Japan and Russia.

The journey, which spanned 27 countries, aimed to raise awareness and money for charity ChildFund, which is working in partnership with World Rugby, which aims to empower underprivileged children across Asia through the game.

They delivered the whistle safe and sound to Nigel Owens in Tokyo Stadium, which is to host the opening match.

“These guys have made it a very tough act to follow actually,” tournament director Alan Gilpin said jokingly.

Nigel Owens was also the referee for the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

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