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The Story of Rugby

A six-part documentary series which examines national cultures and identities through the larger-than-life personalities and little known behind-the-scenes stories of world rugby.

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    Season 1, Episode 1
    • Saturday 24 Aug

    M This episode reveals the true origins of rugby, from the sport's medieval roots through to its manifestation as a product of the Industrial Revolution, the 19th century British class system - and legend.

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      • Saturday 24 Aug

      M This episode reveals the true origins of rugby, from the sport's medieval roots through to its manifestation as a product of the Industrial Revolution, the 19th century British class system - and legend.

      • Saturday 31 Aug

      ML We explore how rugby's existed both as social play time for Britain's high-society, and an opportunity for the working class in the Southern Hemisphere to showcase their strength and talent.

      • Saturday 7 Sep

      PG After WWII, a zeal for 'rugby values' inspired a generation of converts to develop the game across the globe. And rugby welcomed a new breed of supporter, on and off the field: women!

      • Saturday 14 Sep

      M Rugby has had an enormously turbulent history. In this episode we explore the 1870s fracture between "soccer" and "rugger", the South African boycotts and the battle between Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer.

      • Saturday 21 Sep

      ML Rugby exploded in popularity after Rupert Murdoch invested half a billion dollars and turned it professional. And the first truly global superstar was our very own Jonah Lomu!

      • Saturday 28 Sep

      M Series Finale: By 2026, rugby will be played in 150 countries on a scale unrecognisable from today. The grass-roots sport is going boldly where it's never been, or even dreamed of going, before.