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What Is The Best Rugby Movie?
These days we all consume a lot of time on our hands. And there’s no live rugby on the pipe. At instants like this, so many of us go to the Rugby Movies. But what if we could syndicate the two.
Throughout the Rugby World Cup in Japan. We caught a lot about ‘The Brighton Miracle a movie about Japan’s triumph over SA in 2015. Starring Once Were Warriors and Star Wars actor Temuera Morrison as Eddie Jones.
There have been rumours of Rugby Movies in the past. With an option taken out on RW donor Tom English’s book The Complaint a few years back. In the past, there were floors of Mickey Rourke’s arrangement to make a biopic about Gareth Thomas, while we also caught the desire to see a movie about Ben Ryan and Fiji’s Olympic champs.
But has there ever been a truthfully excellent movie about rugby?
Here are some of the greatest notable Movies to feature a bit of rugby union. We’ll let you choose if they are great or not.
Sye (2004): Rugby Movies
A Bollywood movie connecting rugby? That noises like fun, right? A lot of people have seen the hilarious take on the sport, but it cannot hurt to watch it all again. Enjoy this masterpiece!
The Departed (2006): Rugby Movies
Okay, so there’s barely two minutes of the act in this but you see Matt Damon’s character, Colin Sullivan. Stuffing down at flanker in a competition between Boston police and local firefighters.
It use as part of an arrangement of getting-to-know-you scenes before Damon gets down to the nitty determined of spying on his classmates on the force, for the mob. Of course, this wasn’t the previous time Damon would portray a flanker on the silver screen.
Forever Strong (2008): Rugby Movies
Ever heard of it? We don’t respond to you. This movie follows a probably cheesy path with a wayward young man rotating his life around finishing the sport. There are a lot of gunshots of Americans doing hakas and the rugby act is full of vast clotheslines and tossing bodies.
What is more confusing though is that Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin is in the cast together with reasonably recognisable faces like Gary Cole and Neal McDonough.
Invictus (2009): Rugby Movies
In this story of the 1995 World Cup, the Springboks’ victory, and the role Nelson Mandela occupy yourself in uniting a nation, Damon played um well, the A-lister was Francois Pienaar.
While Clint Eastwood applied some Holywood gloss to this, the rugby action displayed has drawn criticism ever since its release and there were some parts of the story of the final not covered (we never seen any All Blacks running for the bogs).
However, Bath fans may have noticed their former No 8 Zak Feaunati trucking up the wing as Jonah Lomu.
Mercenary (2016): Rugby Movies
This movie, which was celebrated at Cannes, tells the tale of a young Wallisian man who is ‘scouted’ in New Caledonia and brought to France to play prop for an elite club. When he is cut loose for not being big enough, the young man must make his way playing further down the leagues.
Star Toki Pilioko, who does play professionally in France, was injured at the time of filming, so you never see any colossal collisions, but his performance is captivating… particularly considering he is not a trained actor.