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The whistle to be used by referee Nigel Owens when the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Sept. 20 in Tokyo arrived in Japan on Thursday following a roughly 20,000-km journey by bicycle and ferry from London.

South African Ron Rutland and Hong Kong native James Owens arrived in Osaka via ferry from Shanghai with the commemorative whistle safely intact following a trip through 27 countries that has taken 223 days so far.

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