It’s understood that the discussions never moved beyond an informal stage, with the IRFU expressing its reservations about providing all-areas access to Schmidt’s camp.
Ireland have previously been the focus of a one-off documentary based around their 2016 summer tour of South Africa, but the proposal in this case was around a more comprehensive and longer-running series.
Behind-the-scenes documentary-style shows on sports teams are a growing phenomenon, but as reported by the 42.ie, any hopes that Joe Schmidt’s Ireland would star in one have been quashed for now. Manchester City’s ‘All or Nothing’ Amazon Series and Juventus’ Netflix series have both been very successful.
On the rugby front, New Zealand’s All Blacks were the subjects of a six-episode ‘All or Nothing’ series that was screened on Amazon Prime this year and included the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour.
While the All Blacks’ doc-style series was well received by some supporters, it’s understood that Steve Hansen and his coaching staff found the process of providing access to the crew to be challenging.
It would be interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes in Irish rugby and a series would be a hit both commercially and with fans. However, it might prove to be an unwanted distraction for players and management in their World Cup preparations, with one year to go.
For now, Schmidt and Ireland will keep their secrets close to their chests as they head into a busy year that includes four November Tests, a Grand Slam defence and the 2019 World Cup.