Ground-breaking SA rugby film launching on SuperSport

SuperSport and M-Net are officially launching the first of several locally-made sport documentaries in the first quarter of this year. Following the recent success of “Chasing the Sun”, the World of Champions has another major rugby documentary in production. It comes in the shape of a three-part series named “Two Sides”, telling the story of the tour by The British &  Irish Lions that was punctuated by drama, struggle and triumph.

Sharing the same producers of the aforementioned “Chasing the Sun”, the series will also feature the environments some of the players emerged from with footage of friends and families of Maro Itoje, Pieter Steph Du Toit, Liam Williams and others adding to the extraordinary narrative. The film takes in numerous events, including the drama of the tour’s status in the build-up, the Covid outbreaks in both camps, the impact of civil unrest and the tension of the down-to-the-wire finish.

“The film is a heartfelt celebration of the game’s longest-standing Test tour and the brotherhood that comes along with it,” said Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport. “In the midst of unprecedented challenges and hardship, it is a reminder of the values of the game we love so dearly. The film is a story of sacrifice, courage and a belief in the power of sport.”

Later in the year, SuperSport plans to also lift the lid on “Rassie”, which for the first time tells the full – and astonishing – story of Rassie Erasmus’ rise from the backwaters of the Eastern Cape to the top of the rugby world.

Until then, we can look forward to the first episode of “Two Sides” set to be broadcasted on DStv on May 15 (M-Net, 6pm; SuperSport 7pm). The remaining episodes will broadcast on May 22 and 29.