In lives in the memories of every rugby fan who watched the match or saw the highlights, now the epic match between Japan and South Africa in the 2015 World Cup is set to be made into a film. Temuera Morrison is set to play Eddie Jones, the Aussie coach who was in charge of Japan, who produced the greatest Rugby World Cup shock ever, when Brave Blossoms beat South Africa 34-32 at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.
Under the working title ‘The Brighton Miracle’, the film is expected to begin shooting in Australia in January and will be overseen by Australian writer and director Max Mannix.
Karne Hesketh scored a last minute try as unfancied Japan won their first World Cup game since 1991 and also secured their first ever victory over two-time world champions the Springboks, one of the sport’s great powers who would go on to reach the semi-finals.
I remember volunteering as an official rugby host at Villa Park for the next South African match against Samoa, which they won 46 – 6. The Springbok fans turned up, sullen, worried about what would happen after the Japanese experience, however after drinking the stadium dry (including drinking all the beer set aside for the next day’s match at Villa Park), they ended the day in high spirits with their tournament back on schedule.
Sam Neill, famous for his role in Jurassic Park and originally from Omagh in Northern Ireland, has been announced as the actor playing Jones’ father – and a Japanese American mother, and experienced racism growing up in Sydney.
Rugby has always been transferred onto the big screen in a successful manner, just look at “Invictus” or This Sporting Life”, so I look forward to watching how this tale turns out.