Six Nations 2023 documentary confirmed by Netflix
There will be a Six Nations documentary series on Netflix next year, taking viewers behind the scenes of the championship.
As all six teams compete for the title in a World Cup year, cameras will follow England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and defending champions France.
This is a huge boost for rugby, which will hope to replicate the success and cut-through of Formula 1’s Drive to Survive series, which many credit for the sport’s growth.
“Netflix will not only give you access to the biggest names in golf, tennis & racing — as well as the Invictus Games! — but we are also proud to announce three new docuseries. Inside the Tour de France, FIFA World Cup, and Guinness Six Nations Championship, you’ll find out how they do it.
Rugby is joining the party! Six Nations (working title) will feature the upcoming tournament in 2023, and will launch in 2024.
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Earlier this year, Amazon Prime’s All or Northing series featured the All Blacks as part of its rugby docuseries series.
Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted and documentary series, said, “This eclectic group of new and returning series reinforces our commitment to bringing the best sports stories to our audiences.”
We have a unique opportunity to share the triumphs, tribulations, and drama of these iconic moments with our hundreds of millions of global members by going behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest sporting events.”
Rugby World says…
A deal has finally been landed after several years of discussions,” writes editor Alan Dymock.It was reported that there was discussion about athlete image rights in several different ways, and this in a world where a documentary series featuring a prominent side at the 2019 Rugby World Cup fell through at the 11th hour – hey, no access all-areas series are easy to arrange.In the Six Nations, insiders believe a well-made documentary can be a “silver bullet” for attracting new fans and making the best players heroes. However, in order for it to be well done, it needs to reflect both the real fun and the conflict of the event, and give the filmmakers what was mentioned above: real access to every part of the event.“If tournament organizers massage, polish, or soften anything, it might not deliver the Drive to Survive-style wins everyone wants. But if it is a real look inside and everyone lets the documentary makers cook, the potential is huge.”