DHL returns to back 2015 Rugby World Cup

DHL has been announced as the official logistics partner of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted by England.

The agreement with the International Rugby Board follows the company’s role in the same capacity for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

As official logistics partner, DHL will be responsible for the transportation of tournament and team equipment from around the world to the 13 match venues in England.

From October 26 to October 30, 2013, DHL will also carry the Webb Ellis Cup on its global network between the four former holders of the trophy. This tour includes current holder New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England.

The journey will see the trophy handed over by DHL and cup chaperone – legendary former New Zealand player Grant Fox – to former Rugby World Cup winning players from each country. It will then be delivered by DHL to Dublin, Ireland on November 17 in time for the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference.

Rugby World Cup Limited chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The reappointment of a globally renowned brand and a world leader in the logistics industry further underscores Rugby World Cup 2015’s considerable global prestige with the tournament’s commercial programme set to be finalised in record time.”