Coach Eddie Jones with co-captains James Slipper (L) and Michael Hooper (R)
Stan has announced a brand new Stan Original Documentary Series following the Wallabies with unprecedented access on their redemptive journey towards the Rugby World Cup 2023 and beyond, under the returning master coach Eddie Jones.
July 17, 2023 – Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced that filming has commenced on a brand new three-part Stan Original Documentary Series that chronicles the rebirth of the Wallabies under the returning master coach Eddie Jones, as they begin their journey to the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, and following them throughout.
Created in conjunction with award-winning production company CJZ and Karlinberg Entertainment (Karl Stefanovic and Richard Weinberg), this extraordinary look inside the Wallabies inner sanctum will offer unprecedented access to Eddie Jones as he takes the reins in the hope of transforming the Wallabies into world champions. This marks the first time anyone has had such sought after access in over 30 years, giving audiences an unfettered look at the team as they attempt to claim victory at the Rugby World Cup which begins September 9.
With the weight of the world on their shoulders, cameras will follow the Wallabies through team camps, training sessions, dressing rooms, and on the field as they take part in The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, and warm up matches, culminating in a historic campaign in France as they vie for a third Rugby World Cup trophy.
In addition to gaining a rare look inside the mind of coach Eddie Jones, other Wallabies superstars featured in the series include co-captains Michael Hooper and James Slipper, enforcer and fan-favourite Taniela Tupou, veteran scrum-half Nic White, towering lock Nick Frost, dynamic prop Allan Alaalatoa, and young rookie fly-half, Carter Gordon.
Cailah Scobie, Chief Content Officer at Stan, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rugby Australia and CJZ to bring audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes insight into one of the country’s most beloved sporting sides, the Wallabies, in the lead up to and during the Rugby World Cup 2023. Viewers will experience a unique and unadulterated journey following Eddie Jones and the Wallabies, and we can’t wait to share with audiences the raw passion and emotion of a team looking to capture a third Webb Ellis Cup.”
Nick Murray, Managing Director and Co-Founder of CJZ, said: “Access documentaries have been at the centre of our wheelhouse for 20 years, so partnering with Karlinberg to follow the Wallabies and Eddie Jones all the way to Paris, is a great privilege. We can’t wait to tell their inside story on Stan.”
Karl Stefanovic, Co-Founder of Karlinberg Entertainment, said: “Absolutely everything is on the line for Australian rugby’s future in the coming seasons. From the boardroom to the boots, it’s an all in full court press for survival. It starts here. And viewers will have a front row seat to it all.“
Phil Waugh, CEO of Rugby Australia, said: “It is a truly exciting period for Australian Rugby and the Wallabies – with the return of Eddie Jones, a Rugby World Cup later this year, a Lions Tour in 2025 and a home World Cup in 2027. There is a lot to look forward to and, with the support of team management, coaching staff and players, we think it is the perfect opportunity to go into the inner sanctum of the Wallabies to tell the real stories, and let Australians get to know the personalities at the heart of this journey. Win, lose or draw, it promises to be fascinating viewing – and we are thrilled to be working on this project with our friends at Stan, as well as the production team of CJZ and Karlinberg.”
The untitled three-part Stan Original Documentary Series is now in production.