South Africa Rugby Fan Cycles 26,000 Miles Over Two Years To See His Beloved Team … Lose To Japan
September 21 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Ron Rutland had it all planned -- a 26,700-mile cycling tour covering much of two continents, from South Africa to Brighton, England, and taking nearly two years. It would culminate with the crowning jewel, arriving just in time to watch his beloved South Africa National Team take on Japan in its opening match of the Rugby World Cup.
What a glorious say that would be, because South Africa, the world's second-ranked team, is sure to beat unranked Japan.
After all that pedaling, South Africa treated him to what many are calling the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history -- a 34-32 loss to Japan in the first match of pool play. Sad, really.