Rugby’s Drive to Survive? New behind-the-scenes documentary will lift the lid on Eddie Jones’ second spell in charge of the Wallabies…but Aussie coach jokes he may not make the cut because of ‘all the rubbish we talk’
- New fly-on-the-wall documentary will lift the veil on the Wallabies
- Cameras will follow the team across Rugby Championship and the World Cup
- Producers hope documentary will be rugby’s answer to Drive to Survive
The 63-year-old coach and his team are the subject of a new fly-on-the-wall documentary that will lift the veil on the Wallabies’ inner sanctum.
Produced by Australian television production company CJZ and Karlinberg Entertainment – which was founded by Karl Stefanovic and Richard Weinberg – the documentary will air on Stan Sports.
The camera crew have been granted behind-the-scenes access, filming Jones’ reaction in the dressing room to last week’s 43-12 battering in Pretoria against South Africa.
Not that Jones, in his second stint in charge of the Wallabies, expects to feature prominently in the documentary.
Eddie Jones and the Wallabies are the subject of a new tell-all documentary
Cameras will follow the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship and the World Cup
‘Most of the stuff they’re going to have to cut from me, given all the rubbish we talk,’ Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘It’s the modern day. It’s what happens with every team. You’ve got to sell your team to the wider audience.
‘It hasn’t been impactful. They’re pretty experienced guys. They tend not to disrupt the flow of the team.’
Last week, Jones lashed out at a ‘smart arse’ South African reporter who pointed out the Wallabies coach had questioned the Springboks’ decision to field a reshuffled team, resting some of their players for the trip to New Zealand.
‘South Africans are good at winning. You don’t have to be a smart arse mate,’ Jones said in response.
‘You should have more respect mate. I never said that mate. I said we always want to play the best. Show some respect
Cameras started rolling at the Wallabies’ training camp on the Gold Coast in April and will follow the team throughout the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in France in September.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, producers are hoping the documentary will have an impact on rugby similar as to what Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive has had on Formula One.
Jones joked the producers may have to cut him out of a lot of scenes in the documentary
Across five seasons, the show has been credited with raising the sport’s profile and winning over millions of new fans.
‘We want to grow the game as much as we can for the average audience,’ series producer Tim Vincent said.
‘That’s where some of the other shows have been successful, like Drive to Survive.
‘It has branched out and got women excited about Formula One.
Cameras started rolling at the Wallabies’ training camp on the Gold Coast in April
‘We’d love to have the same thing here with rugby.’
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan revealed talks over a documentary began three years ago, but Jones’ predecessor, Dave Rennie, did not want cameras following the team.
‘Eddie and the players have fully embraced the documentary, which will be a brilliant showcase of Australian rugby and our rebuild.
‘Stan have been brilliant,’ he said.