Created in collaboration with O2’s UK agency of record, VCCP London, their global content production studio, Girl&Bear, and their Digital Innovation Company, Bernadette, the campaign centres around a unique piece of art commissioned to immortalise the role that fans play in rugby, which was unveiled at the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris.
The artwork, which features real England fans and O2 customers, was created by award-winning Canadian artist Vincent McIndoe, inspired by the host nation, it uses the ‘French Romanticism’ style which captures the emotion and drama fans go through while supporting their team.
Wear la Rose is an iteration of O2’s established Wear the Rose campaign and continues the mobile operator’s association with England Rugby, which is in its 28th year and is one of the longest running sports shirt sponsorships in the world.
O2 customers travelling to France will be able to enjoy free roaming as O2 is the only major UK mobile network to offer inclusive EU roaming as standard, up to 25GB.
Those following the team from back home, or those wanting to get even closer to the team as they progress, can tune in to special episodes of O2 Inside Line which will provide unprecedented access to the players and the latest updates from the camp.
England Rugby fans with O2 can also enjoy a host of perks and offers thanks to Priority, including 30% off England Rugby Shirts and other Umbro merchandise, competitions to win signed shirts and also the chance to win a trip to France.
Dylan Hartley, former England Rugby captain, said: “Excitement is building and it’s great to team up with O2 to launch their Wear la Rose campaign. With thousands of England fans travelling to France to watch the team, what better way to honour them by revealing this artwork that celebrates their passionate and dedicated support.”
Kimberley Gill, Creative Director at VCCP London, added: ”Across the channel there will be drama, there will be sweat and tears. We wanted to create something to match the passion and emotion shared by fans and players. So, we put oil on canvas, and sailed this unique and visceral piece of art over the English Channel, to take its place on French soil.”
The campaign creative will launch across D/OOH, Social, Retail and Online channels, and will run for the duration of England Rugby’s time in France. The campaign also features a social filter, created by Girl&Bear, which will enable fans to transform themselves in the painting’s style and emulate their England heroes. All media was planned by MG OMD, including a partnership with RugbyJOE which will amplify Wear la Rose through a social content series.
Our Wear la Rose campaign has England Rugby fans at its heart, championing their support and capturing what it really means to be a fan. Simon Groves, Director of Brand & Marketing at Virgin Media O2