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Six Nations: Contact Full Review – Netflix’s latest hit series fails to give rugby the impact it was hoping for Pi News


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There is a scene from I’m Alan Partridge This seems to sum up Netflix’s approach to sports documentaries. The eponymous broadcaster tries to convince its BBC editor Tony Heyers of the merits of various harebrained ideas, starting with a police procedural to “put Norwich on the map”.

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“Shoestring, Taggart, Spender, Bergerac, Morse,” begins Partridge. “What does that tell you about regional detective series?”

“Are there too many of them?” Hayers asked.


Partridge: “That’s one way of looking at it, another way of looking at it: People love them, let’s make some more.”

Box to Box agrees with Partridge when it comes to the stylized, polished sports shows that have become their home. Six Nations: Full communicationThe latest venture from a prolific manufacturing firm that has caught lightning in a bottle following the 2023 edition of “rugby’s greatest championship”. Drive to survive In 2019, tennis and golf tried to repeat the formula, but did not succeed.

Their dive into rugby feels similarly dated. where Drive to survive Formula 1 became a phenomenon that turbocharged the sport chasing past glories by adding grit and glamor to its glamour, with subsequent attempts failing to create the same cultural focus.

Some of the stars of Six Nations: Full Contact at the documentary premiere

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It doesn’t help that rugby has clearly moved on since the events were chronicled. Formula 1 goes from season to season and allows each edition Drive to survive to set up the next one, the narrow scope of this documentary makes it old news. References to World Cup preparations in the rear-view mirror are anachronistic; Those tuning in hoping to see Wales superstars Louis Rees-Zammit or Dan Biggar in this year’s Six Nations will be disappointed if they enjoy their Netflix contributions.

F1’s guarded intricacies and irregularities played too well for behind-the-scenes viewing, and rugby hoped that allowing the cameras in would open the sport to a new audience. But conflict with the teams paid relatively little for their participation, limiting the scope of the documentary, so there’s little in this series that hasn’t been explored elsewhere.

Over the past few years, many rugby documentaries have appeared offering the same beats, with most national sides producing their own polished domestic shows while in camp. Unlimited, warts-and-all access, which Full communication not at all, even the scenes inside the inner temple are not enough to give insight.

The behind-the-scenes documentary feels strangely lacking in insight


For a story-filled edition of the championship, the series also turns out to be oddly dramatic. As in the last series The breaking point, anything resembling a debate is merely glossed over: there is no mention of allegations of a toxic culture in Welsh rugby that dominated the opening weeks of last year’s Six Nations; nor, in an effort to highlight the “bone-on-bone” brutality of the sport, much attention is paid to the head injury crisis lurking in the background.

This is probably understandable Full communicationthe desire to attract new fans – presenting a complete, flawed picture of rugby may make for a more attractive content, but may alienate people. But if the goal is to expand the viewing pool, elements of the show feel strange. The Six Nations stand out above all for the length of their history and the ferocity of their national rivalries – elements rarely explored.

The effort to develop new stars is commendable, but can sometimes feel forced in such a team sport. Not explaining the basic concepts to beginners should make it difficult to follow the action on the field, while combining various match images and dubbed commentary dishes.

All six competing countries were observed in full contact

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There are some good parts here. The gloss given to Italy and France is welcome, primarily for the English-language production, while the stories of Andrew Porter, Ellis Genge, Seb Negri and Gael Fico remind us that rugby is a wider church than it is sometimes portrayed. Over time, perhaps the teams will get comfortable with the cameras, allowing the documentary to show more tactical titbits and revealing moments.

But, for now, it’s all a bit boring. Cameras have been rolling at camp this year, and it shows Full communication at least it will get a second series – let’s hope it’s more compelling.


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