'The Season' goes behind the scenes at Nudgee

by Sam Phillips

When one thinks of Nudgee College, they think rugby.

It is perhaps only rivalled by famous adversary Gregory Terrace and St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, as the primary rugby nursery in Australia, having produced 26 Wallabies in its proud history.

It is often said rugby is a religion in New Zealand and the same could certainly be said about Nudgee.

The school has won 41 GPS 1st XV premierships since 1918 - 23 more than Churchie, in second - and The Season, produced by Onion TV, takes viewers behind the scenes and shows them what it means to play rugby in the famous blue and white butcher stripes.Phoenix Hunt was one of the stars of Nudgee's 1st XV this year. Photo: Nudgee Rugby Photos"It was an opportunity to showcase our rugby program, but also provided a national and international platform to profile the Nudgee College community and what we stand for as a school," Nudgee principal Peter Fullagar said.

"The series is a very authentic representation of life at Nudgee College. Nothing was scripted. It is true to who and what we are as a school."

The five episode series profiles some of the key players in Nudgee's 2017 1st XV campaign, starting with the preseason and following them right through to the moment they secured their 41st flag.

But perhaps more importantly, it shows the aspects of the school outside of the games played on Ross Oval.

"It’s about the balance between school and sport at Nudgee College, which is very important to us," Nudgee director of rugby Sean Graham said.

"In fact, this year’s team captain and vice-captain were exemplars of this balance, both excelling on the rugby field and academically."

The Season will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS from Monday to Friday this week, with the first episode going to air at 5pm AEDT.