Rugby Union

To boost New Zealand’s small business economy after the pandemic shutdown of 2020, ASB Bank leveraged its partnerships with New Zealand Rugby and Eden Park Stadium with an SME-focused activation.

A year like no other saw the 2020 Six Nations paused in March and not resumed until the start of the 2020-21 season in October

Last year, New Zealand telco 2degrees leveraged its sponsorships of the country’s Super Rugby clubs via a branded reality show that gave five Kiwis a second shot at playing professional rugby.

Faced with a Covid-enforced shutdown of Irish rugby in spring 2020, Irish Rugby Football Union sponsor Energia pivoted activation of its title sponsorship of the All-Ireland League Awards to an online campaign and ceremony.

In March 2019, Castle Lager leveraged its trio of South African national team sponsorships with a campaign revolving around a blended national team jersey, with live events, experiences, TV and social content and on-pack work.

Launched ahead of Ireland’s 2019 Guinness Six Nations defence and running through to the autumn Rugby World Cup in Japan, the multi-phase ‘Everyone In’ campaign was the latest iteration of Vodafone’s Ireland’s long running ‘Team of Us’ Irish rugby activation.

In 2019, FNB sought to life the spirits of nation with a campaign that linked fans, legends, coaches, friends and family to the players at the Rugby World Cup in Japan through fixed ad assets and real-time messaging.

Through the 2018-19 rugby season, the Welsh Rugby Union’s principal partner ran a program to drive brand awareness and boost consideration of the D-Max vehicle.

In the lead-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the IRFU’s principal partner activated via a unique rugby ball that linked the fans at home to the players in Japan.

As Japan prepared for an influx of international fans coming to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup, AIG Japan leveraged the company’s sponsorship of New Zealand’s All Blacks toward a road safety campaign.

The spearhead strand of Mastercard’s 2019 Rugby World Cup activation programme saw the tournament’s official payments partner harness real-time technology to create unique Player of the Match trophies for each match.

The Sevens’ co-title partner activated its rights in 2019 with a domestic focus: build local support for brand and event by making the Sevens and the city inseparable.

New Zealand-based ASB Bank has elected to donate rights attached to its New Zealand Rugby sponsorship to help 100 small-to-medium-sized businesses

Asics launched the Wallabies jersey for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in late May last year and followed up with a year-long campaign led by cinematic content.

In the first two years of its Six Nations title sponsorship, 2019 and 2020, Guinness targeted both committed and casual fans with multi-faceted activation focused on the humanity and friendship of rugby.

Running September through November 2019, O2’s activation of its England Rugby partnership around the 2019 Rugby World Cup spanned television, OOH, social, in-store, in-stadium, event experiences and screenings.

Dove Men+Care used its rights in deals with the British and Irish rugby unions to create a combined campaign that ran from the 2019 Rugby World Cup to the 2020 Six Nations.