Jonny Wilkinson signs for O2 rugby events

O2 launches touch rugby tour with support of Jonny Wilkinson
O2 launches touch rugby tour with support of Jonny Wilkinson

Telecoms brand O2 has announced former England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson will be visiting cities across the UK this summer, as part of O2's Touch Tour.

O2 has partnered with England Rugby to host a series of touch rugby events in four cities throughout June and July. Wilkinson will bring other sports stars and special guests along to the activations, which aim to give people the chance to experience a minimal contact version of the game ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September.

Each event will host a tournament, offering teams the chance to showcase their skills in front of the sport's elite. Winning teams will be in with the chance to take home some exclusive prizes, while those new to the sport will be able to sign up for O2 Touch taster sessions.

The brand also promises food, music and entertainment at the events. The tour is being delivered with the help of 250 young people, who were recruited as part on an initiative to help unemployed 16-24 year olds gain employability skills through rugby.

Gareth Griffiths, head of sports sponsorship at O2, said: "This year we are calling upon the entire country to 'Wear the rose' and get behind the England Rugby Team. Grassroots rugby is a massive part of this and O2 Touch provides a fantastic entry point to the sport, no matter what your ability.

"Working with Jonny and England Rugby we've created a really exciting tour for the summer, we can't wait to get out on the road."

The O2 Touch Tour will take place in the following locations:

  • Honor Oak Park Sports Ground, London - 6 June
  • Loughborough Rugby Football Club - 13 June
  • Bath Rec - Saturday 20 June
  • Etihad Campus, Manchester City FC - Saturday 11 July

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