Sep 17, 2019: Building on successful Rugby World Cup (RWC) partnerships for 2011 and 2015 events, DHL Express, for the third consecutive time, is providing logistics support to Rugby World Cup, as the official logistics partner.
For the tournament, which is according to DHL ‘rugby’s pinnacle event’, it has fulfilled the delivery of all necessities for the 20 participating unions, such as team equipment and training and technical gear.
By the end of the tournament, DHL will have delivered over 67,000 kilograms of team freight internationally as well as domestically across Japan, in addition to over 432,000 tickets to more than 140 countries.
A statement from DHL Express Japan's official release pubished in August informed: “A special task force for RWC 2019 logistics services was established a year and half ago to ensure the smooth clearance and delivery of all freight related to the tournament.”
The event will start on September 20 at the Tokyo stadium.
Race to RWC 2019 – Two intrepid adventurers deliver the official match whistle by bike
The unique expedition started in February 2019, and since then, Ron Rutland and James Owens have crossed 27 countries in 7 and a half months to deliver the official referee’s whistle to the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019, taking place at Tokyo Stadium on September 20.
On their way from London to Tokyo, Ron and James have covered more than 20,000 kilometres, through every type of climate and across every type of terrain, including the Himalayas.
This remarkable quest was in support of raising awareness and donations to give disadvantaged children in Asia the opportunity to take part in sports and learn vital life skills through the rugby-for-development program ‘ChildFund Pass It Back.’
DHL supported both adventurers during this epic journey from day one, delivering spare parts and care packages, as well as providing security and cross-border advice.