Let the Rugby World Cup begin – all thanks to DHL

DHL Express has delivered all the equipment for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in time for the start of the tournament on 20 September.

The carrier moved a total of 67,000 kg of equipment and training and technical gear for all 20 teams internationally and domestically in Japan, as well as getting over 432,000 tickets to more than 140 countries.

It also supported Ron Rutland and James Owens in their quest to deliver the official match whistle from London to Tokyo by bicycle, a 20,000km journey that started in February and took in 27 countries.

The riders are raising awareness and funds for disadvantaged children in Asia, giving them opportunity to take part in sports and learn vital life skills through the rugby-for-development programme ‘ChildFund Pass It Back.’

DHL delivered spare parts and care packages for the two riders, as well as providing security and cross-border advice.

The logistics company also helped give children the chance to deliver an official match ball at one of the matches with 25 countries, including all 20 participating nations, running promotions to find the 48 lucky winners.

DHL Express chief executive, John Pearson, said: “DHL has a longstanding association with the game of rugby across the globe that spans much of the 50 years we have been in business. The sport is one of the fastest-growing in the world, and it exemplifies many of the elements that are critical to DHL’s business: teamwork, speed, accuracy, precision and timing, passion, a commitment to excellence – and the will to win.”


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