SYDNEY – R/GA Sydney is behind the NRL’s pre-season brand campaign, out today.

This is How We League takes inspiration from the culture of the modern game and what it means to fans – it’s tribalism, egalitarian spirit, the players and their stories.

VP Executive Creative Director, R/GA, Bob Mackintosh said that the integrated strategy behind the work had been specifically designed to re-engage fans. “Our approach was to unlock their pride in league, to remind them what they love about it, and help them claim it back.”

A 90” film follows the journey of player James Tedesco as he’s driven through the game’s heartland to his new club, the Sydney Roosters. Visual references to every team are included throughout – from symbolic portrayals of emblems to examples of club culture.

Moments with meaning for fans are represented, from player transfers, to the anticipated return of Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis, captured in a mural in Redfern celebrating his comeback.

Further murals are being commissioned across Sydney to engage fans at a club level. The approach extends online, with a mobile site allowing them to create and share customised club memes to show their allegiance via Facebook.

“The idea had to be one fans could run with, supported by tools letting them make it their own,” said Mackintosh.

Peter Jarmain, NRL General Manager, Marketing and Brand, said the work was about reconnecting hearts and minds to the game. “This Is How We League is about confidently saying we’re proud of who we are, and what we stand for. It’s all about celebrating a truly diverse fan community and the unique relationship they have with their team, and the game.”

 

CREDITS

Creative Agency          R/GA Sydney

Production                   Collider Films

Music Supervision       Anton @ Trailer Media

Online and Grade        White Chocolate

Sound                          Song Zu

Media                          Blue 449

PR                               TLA