09/18/2015, 05:00 PM CEST

DHL delivers as Rugby's global showpiece event kicks off in England

DHL is set for action as the sport's premier world Tournament begins in London with the opening match between England and Fiji.

DHL will be relocating team equipment 192 times and will deliver 300 official match balls and 20 sets of uprights, to the 13 match venues.

Bonn - DHL, Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, is set for action as the sport's premier world Tournament begins in London with the opening match between England and Fiji.

The world's leading logistics provider is undertaking one of its largest challenges ever in the UK to help deliver the year's biggest international sporting event to millions of fans around the world.

Working with England Rugby 2015 to handle all freight and logistics for the 19 teams traveling to England to take part, throughout the Tournament DHL will transport more than 48 tons of equipment for all 20 participating nations - from match kit and scrum machines to tackle bags and ice baths - across 89 team base locations and 13 match venues.

The company's support also includes stadium infrastructure and fit-out, fulfillment of international ticket distribution and delivery of doping samples to testing laboratories, among many other requirements.

Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express said, "DHL has been planning meticulously with England Rugby 2015 over the last two years to ensure the ultimate competition in the world Rugby calendar is an unqualified success.

"Harnessing our global network capabilities and working behind-the-scenes throughout the Tournament, DHL is committed to delivering a seamless logistics operation so that the players and their support teams can focus on bringing their best game to the pitch, making Rugby World Cup 2015 memorable for fans whether they're watching from the stands or across the globe."

England Rugby 2015 Chief Operating Officer, Neil Snowball, said: "We would like to extend our thanks to DHL for their support in helping us to plan and deliver the complex freight and logistics requirements for Rugby World Cup 2015. DHL are leaders in the field and their high level service has allowed our freight and logistics team, led by Shaun Day, to ensure the best possible operation is in place for all our stakeholders."

DHL has been helping build excitement and anticipation in the run-up to this year's Tournament with the international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, showcasing the Webb Ellis Cup to audiences around the world, culminating in a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland to mark the final countdown to kick-off.

The company also searched the globe to find 48 children who will each deliver the official match ball to games during Rugby World Cup 2015. Thirteen year-old Fijian schoolboy Manueli Rauqeuqe won the honor of delivering the first ball of the Tournament when his country meets home nation England for the opening game at Twickenham.

Delivering Rugby World Cup 2015 - Tournament logistics in numbers:

  • 48,200 kilos of team freight from the 20 participating nations is being delivered for the Tournament, with 26 eighteen-ton vehicles covering about 88,700 road kilometers over the event's duration
  • DHL will be relocating team equipment 192 times and will deliver 300 official match balls and 20 sets of uprights, to the 13 match venues
  • Training equipment is being delivered to teams across 38 training venues throughout the Tournament, to include 2,140 drinks bottles, 1,750 bibs, 1,200 cones, 560 tackle suits, 307 hit shields, 196 tackle bags and 20 scrum machines
  • DHL has delivered over 400,000 tickets internationally to more than 160 countries, of the 2.4 million tickets being sold; the furthest delivery was to Invercargill in New Zealand, almost 19,000 kilometers from London