A behind-the-scenes Six Nations collection is about to come back to Netflix subsequent yr, with talks between the 2 events at a sophisticated stage as rugby seems to be to emulate Formulation One’s success with the web streaming platform.
Netflix discovered main success with Drive To Survive – a fly-on-the-wall collection following Formulation One drivers, managers and crew homeowners which first aired in 2019 and noticed the game’s reputation rise considerably.
And Sportsmail understands Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff and driver George Russell have taken half in Zoom conferences with rugby gamers, coaches and chief executives to debate how Netflix has revolutionised their sport’s business enchantment.
Champions are France set to function in a behind-the-scenes Six Nations collection on Netflix
Mercedes’ optimistic report is especially important given they refused to participate within the first collection of Drive To Survive, which is now getting ready for its fifth version.
Throughout a season wherein two Premiership golf equipment in Worcester and Wasps have gone out of enterprise and the game is struggling for reputation worldwide, rugby’s authorities know they should act.
The Six Nations is rugby’s greatest annual event and has regarded to modernise in quite a lot of methods this yr already.
Collection may function the return of Warren Gatland as Wales boss and a brand new England coach
A Netflix collection going behind the scenes at every of the six competing nations – England, Wales, Scotland, Eire, France and Italy – is being seen as a should if rugby is to remain related and compete with its rivals.
CVC Capital Companions, who purchased a 14.3 per cent stake within the Six Nations value £365million in 2021 and who have been beforehand concerned in F1, are one of many principal driving forces behind it.
However quite than specializing in pure monetary revenue, the first goal of the Six Nations Netflix collection is rising rugby’s enchantment not simply in Europe, however world wide.
The Drive To Survive collection first aired in 2019 and noticed the recognition of F1 rise considerably
The chief executives of the six unions concerned have already given their backing to filming going down of their respective camps at subsequent yr’s championship.
However talks with the gamers and coaches, primarily specializing in entry ranges, are persevering with, which is the place Wolff and Russell – Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate – just lately got here in.
Netflix and the Six Nations are but to formally verify their partnership however are anticipated to take action early subsequent yr, with northern hemisphere rugby able to take a optimistic step and be a part of the multitude of different sports activities who’ve already produced a documentary collection.
There ought to be a lot for the Netflix cameras to get their enamel into with England set to have a brand new head coach in Steve Borthwick for the beginning of the event whereas Warren Gatland has additionally made a dramatic return as Wales boss.
Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff (above) and driver George Russell have supplied recommendation