• Wear the Rose Live will bring fans closer to the England Rugby team at a special event to inspire the players before Japan
  • The rugby festival will feature Eddie Jones and the full squad as well as England legend Jonny Wilkinson and some special guests
  • The event takes place from midday on Tuesday 13th August at Bristol’s Amphitheatre

England Rugby fans are invited to show their support for the squad at a special event, hosted by O2 and England Rugby. A unique opportunity for fans to mingle with the team as part of O2’s Wear the Rose campaign.

The free-of-charge rugby festival will see the full men’s England Rugby squad and coaches spend an afternoon alongside the rugby community who’ll be able to rub shoulders with their idols officially selected by Eddie in the final 31-man squad announcement the day prior. The event will feature live music alongside a variety of carnival stalls and rugby games, manned by the players, with a chance for fans to win prizes.

The event will also include an O2 Touch tournament where teams will have the opportunity to showcase their running, agility and ball handling skills in front of an eager crowd, and England Rugby legends. Teams can win entry to this exclusive contest by entering a competition via O2’s Priority app.

O2 Touch has successfully introduced 30,000 registered players to the game since its launch in 2013 and Wear the Rose Live will see 20 lucky teams take part in a tournament to be crowned our Wear the Rose Live champions.

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2 said: “As lead partner of England Rugby, we want the team to feel the full power of the nation’s support, and what better way to do that than inviting fans to meet the players at Wear the Rose Live. Support is everything in sport – it can change a game and prepare players for the challenges ahead. Bringing the entire playing squad, Eddie and his coaching team to meet the Bristol rugby community, so the fans can show their support, is really exciting. We can’t wait.”

England Rugby fans can register their interest* for free tickets to Wear the Rose Live and find out more information at http://o2.uk/WearTheRoseLive. There are a limited amount of tickets up for grabs and will work on a first come, first served basis, with fans also welcome to turn up on the day. While hopeful teams and O2 customers are encouraged to keep their eyes on the Priority app where team places and special spectator perks will be available for the event.

Eddie Jones, England Rugby Head Coach added: “It’s great to have our supporters and players from the community game at the centre of the Wear the Rose Live event.  We are highly motivated to win and to inspire the country later this year. To be given the opportunity to spend the afternoon with so many of our fans in Bristol will be great and for us to show our appreciation for all their support before we head to Japan. England Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson added: “I know first-hand the difference the power of support can make to a player. Wear the Rose Live will show the England Rugby team just how much the nation is behind them, I’m looking forward to attending as a fan and showing the players and coaches my support ahead of Japan.”

Full Information:

Location: Bristol Amphitheatre, Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5LL

Date: Tuesday 13th August

Timings: 12:00 – 19:30


O2 Touch Tournament: register a team to play in the O2 Touch tournament at Wear the Rose Live on Tuesday 13/08/19 at Bristol’s Amphitheatre, BS1 5LL. Minimum six players per team, maximum 14. This is a mixed competition, so your team must have at least two ladies on the pitch at all times. Teams selected at random to participate. Terms apply, see Priority app.

*Entry is only guaranteed until 2pm.

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