Race to Rugby World Cup 2019

Three years ago, Ron Rutland and James Owens travelled across 23 countries from London to Tokyo, as they took part in the Race to RWC 2019, raising €123,696 for ChildFund Rugby. This amazing feat supported thousands of children and young people across Asia to learn valuable life skills, grow as leaders, and become role models in their communities. 

Race to Rugby World Cup 2021

In 2022, Ron teamed up with Adam Nunn and together they cycled their way from Japan to New Zealand, in celebration of Rugby World Cup 2021 and in support of ChildFund Rugby.

On October 8th 2022, the duo arrived to Eden Park, just in time to deliver the opening game’s whistle to referee Maggie Cogger-Orr to officially kick-off Rugby World Cup 2021. 

Spanning 209 days, 11 nations, and over 16,500km, the Race to Rugby World Cup 2021 successfully raised more than 15,000 USD for ChildFund Rugby, the tournament’s Principal Charity. The journey was supported by World Rugby, DHL, and the global rugby family who cheered for them all the way to the finish line.

Race to Rugby World Cup 2023

Following the wrap-up of what was a historical RWC New Zealand 2021, the Race to Rugby World Cup adventure continues!

Having started his latest epic adventure at Eden Park, New Zealand on 12 November 2022, Ron Rutland will now cycle 300 days and 22,000km to deliver the whistle for Rugby World Cup 2023’s opening match taking place in France on 8 September 2023, showcasing the precious whistle to rugby communities along the way – all while raising support for ChildFund Rugby. His cycling compatriot, Adam Nunn, is expected to reunite with him on the road for the final three months of the journey.

This latest epic journey from Eden Park to Stade de France will see Ron travelling across four continents and 25 countries, including 9 participating nations of the RWC France 2023: New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and France.

“This will be the fourth consecutive time I have cycled from one Rugby World Cup to the next and raising funds for ChildFund Rugby’s social impact has become the central focus of these adventures. ChildFund Rugby’s partnerships are transforming the lives of thousands of kids around the world through rugby and the Race to Rugby World Cup will support their amazing work around the globe. I am also looking forward to showing the whistle to rugby communities along my ride and cycling the equivalent of half the distance around the world under mostly my own power.” said Ron. 

Margaret Sheehan, ChildFund Australia CEO, said: “We are thrilled that Ron has chosen to support ChildFund Rugby on his latest adventure. Well-designed Sport for Development learning is a proven way to achieve develop critical social and emotional skills which help young people achieve personal goals, build empathy, manage emotions, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. We hope everyone will support and join Ron on this epic journey, as it will provide lifelong memories and create life changing opportunities for vulnerable girls and boys around the world.”

Cycling communities and sports fans are more than welcome to join the race! Check out www.racetorugbyworldcup.com to learn more about how to get involved!