Friday, July 25, 2014
The Call of the Wallaby is a short documentary feature that over the next six weeks will give us a fascinating look into the minds and souls of Australian rugby fans. Made by Fox Sports and featuring fan favourite Sean Maloney, the show follows a new initiative, called the Gold Brigade, as they hunt down the elusive Bledisloe Cup.
Devised by director Ryan Smith and featuring Andrew Swain and Mr Top 5 Maloney, episode one of the Call of the Wallaby gives us an insight into the fickle world of Australian rugby, in a land where the great fifteen-man sport competes with League and AFL. Wallaby fans all too regularly switch.
There are a devout group that stick with their side through the good and bad, and this show sets out to get those fans back to the games, following passionately and making their voices heard, all in the name of getting the Bledisloe Cup back from arch rivals, the All Blacks.
It's perhaps indicative of the level of expectation in Australian sport that shortly after beating the French 3-0, and while ranked 3rd in the world, this is considered a poor period. It's about the passion and love for the national side though, that as you'll see, seems eclipsed at club level.
A lot of fans around the world aren't aware of the challenges Rugby Union faces in Australia, so as Sean, Andrew and the Gold Brigade do their bit to create something great, the Call of the Wallaby will be a way for those around the globe, and indeed in Australia, to follow their progress.
It's nearly 30 minutes in total, but well worth watching wherever you're from. If you enjoy and want to see more, we've just been told that Episode 2 will be online from Sunday, so we'll get it posted.