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UK & Ireland Rugby Stars Reveal Their Secret Weapon... Lucozade

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Grey London bans non-home nation squads from consuming the drink

UK & Ireland Rugby Stars Reveal Their Secret Weapon... Lucozade

With rugby set to be a massive cultural event across the UK & Ireland this autumn, Lucozade Sport is letting its playful side out with its new marketing campaign, ‘Strictly for the Home Nations Only’. Positioning the drink as the secret weapon of the home nations’ rugby teams and banning the drink from all visiting nations outside of the UK and Ireland.  

As part of a £9m spend for the brand this year, the fully-integrated activity will include a 30/60 second TV advert, a host of digital content, national sampling, in-store activation and an on-pack promotion, to ensure engagement and awareness levels remain high throughout the period.

Vicky Morgan, Marketing Manager for Lucozade Sport, comments: “The campaign idea is centred around a bit of a heist; the overseas players are trying to get their hands on Lucozade Sport. It’s the type of campaign that will leave a lasting impression with people far and wide, as it’s a different tone for the brand as it champions the banter and sportsmanship that rugby is renowned for”.

The campaign launched this week with three content films: Welcome to England, Welcome to Cardiff and Welcome to Newcastle, from the English, Welsh and Scottish squads respectively, welcoming their opponents to the location of their opening fixture. More content films will be launched in the build-up to the tournament itself, while the TVC will be airing in the build-up to and during the tournament. 

The TV ad shows international rugby stars from across the world pretending to be players from the home nations in order to fool shopkeepers around the UK into selling them Lucozade Sport. This includes putting on accents and dressing in disguise – from Drew Mitchell, Australian Rugby star, having English elocution lessons, to Bryan Habana, the South African winger, dressed in a kilt learning a Scottish accent. But there is no need to worry as our home nations’ heroes are on hand to foil their attempts to get their hands on Lucozade Sport with Chris Robshaw, Leigh Halfpenny, Conor Murray and Stuart Hogg coming to the rescue.

Commenting on the experience, Leigh Halfpenny said: “Alun-Wyn Jones and I were asked to give Jacques Burger a crash course in the Welsh accent, and he coped extremely well. It was a great day where we could all have a bit of fun and not take ourselves too seriously!” 

Darren Wright, Creative Director, Grey London, says:“Sports advertising can often take itself a bit too seriously. With this campaign, we wanted to bring a bit of levity to the tournament. And when we found out the French Rugby Federation had asked to be supplied by Lucozade Sport for the duration of the tournament, it gave us our opportunity. So with our tongues firmly in our cheeks we banned Lucozade Sport from any visiting teams: giving the home nations the advantage they're probably gonna need to beat them.”

Let’s hope the ban gives the home nations teams a fighting chance to make the finals.

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Audio Post Production: Finger Music

Composer: Craig Brown


Editor: Leo King @ Stitch

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: MPC

Production Company

Director: Martin Kalina

DOP: Julian Hohndorf

Executive Producer: Candice Chubb

Producer: Fran Thompson

Production Company: Pulse

Media Agency

Media Agency: Mediacom

Planner: David Munt

Creative Agency

Account Executive: Anjali Joseph

Art Director: Darren O’Beirne

Copywriter: Neil McGuirk

Creative Agency: Grey London

Designer: Stuart Leung

Managing Partner: Eleni Sarla

Planner: John Jones

Producer: Emma Fasson, Fritha Dickie, Freya Thompson

Genres: Comedy

Categories: Soft Drinks, Fruit Juices

Grey, Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:15:27 GMT