South Africa Rugby Fan Cycles 26,000 Miles Over Two Years To See His Beloved Team … Lose To Japan
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.
— Ron Rutland (@RonRutland) September 19, 2015
Here's the moment that Japan won it:
Japan had not won a World Cup game since 1991, while South Africa has won two world championships, in 1995 and 2007.
Rutland took the loss with class.
A privilege to have witnessed such history on the pitch, and such amazing scenes between Bok and Japanese fans off it; rugby at its finest.
— Ron Rutland (@RonRutland) September 20, 2015
The South African Minister of Sport did not.
Man alive. Statement from the South African Minister of Sport to the Springboks' head coach That's fighting writing pic.twitter.com/kgWsEvjs7n
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) September 21, 2015
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