The Six Nations documentary finally dropped on Netflix on Wednesday morning much to the delight of fans all around the northern hemisphere. The series takes place during the 2023 Six Nations, following the teams as they build into their final big competition before the World Cup.
The idea of the series is to promote the sport on a larger level to reach wider audiences, focusing on the intensity and comradery that rugby brings. The show focuses on individual players and characters in the sport to give a detailed understanding of those involved and what drives them to succeed.
Following the success of the Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ which focuses on the drama of Formula One, many are hoping that Six Nations: Full Contact will have the same impact on participation and interest.
The series, which lasts for 8 episodes, has had mixed reviews so far with many saying that the documentary is not suited to those with an already heavy interest in the sport, but more so as an advertising piece for those not yet initiated. Whilst this is an interesting point of view, many others suggest that it gives a brilliant insight into the behind-the-scenes life that would very rarely have been seen before.
As avid fans of rugby ourselves, we definitely did ‘not‘ sit down for 8 hours to view the documentary on the basis of ‘work‘. But if maybe we did, then we would have noticed Ireland head coach Andy Farrell naming the greatest Irish player of all time.
In one of the latter segments, Irish legend Johnny Sexton is shown to play his final-ever Six Nations match as Ireland take the historic grand slam. In an emotional tribute to the great fly half, head coach Andy Farrell labels him as the greatest Irish player in the history of the sport…a huge accolade for a country that has also boasted the likes of Ronan O’Gara, Brian O’Driscoll and Keith Wood.
— Jack Tunney (@JackTunneyRugby) January 29, 2024
His professional career spanned from 2006 to 2023, during which Sexton made history as the second Irishman to claim the World Player of the Year award in 2018. The 38-year-old notched up an impressive 118 caps for Ireland, securing numerous accolades and championships on the international stage as well as with club sides Leinster and Racing 92.