Everyone loves a story with a happy ending - and Sky Sport
producer Kevin Cameron and the nation got one in October last
Cameron, who has been involved in sports broadcasting for
many years, has put together the two-hour documentary
Weight of a Nation, the story of the All Blacks'
victory at last year's Rugby World Cup.
The documentary goes right back to 2007 and the pain of the
quarterfinal loss suffered by the All Blacks at the hands of
It then charts the plan and strategies by the three coaches -
Graham Henry, Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen - in the
preparation for the tournament in New Zealand.
All the key men are interviewed, including manager Darren
Shand, New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew and,
of course, the players.
''What I think comes through is the emotion of the whole
thing. For many of them it was the chance to talk for the
first time about something which had taken up a lot of their
lives,'' Cameron said.
''They were really carrying the weight of the nation,
especially after the failure back in 2007.
''They talk about the pressure they were under and how they
dealt with it and the lessons they learnt from the
experiencing of losing. There are some pretty compelling
Cameron said the documentary showed how much work and thought
went into the campaign and it did not simply start when the
first game of the World Cup kicked off.
''There is lots of talk about: ways to improve, the
philosophies and strategies the team worked towards, how the
game will be played in the future."
Cameron said he had an inkling for the idea before the
tournament started and, once the dramatic final was played
out, decided to plough ahead with the project.
He talked to the players in June this year and then Sir
Graham Henry after that, and said everyone liked telling
their story which culminated on a famous night in late
October at Eden Park.
''They talk about the challenges they face along the way. The
losing of first five-eighths throughout the tournament and
the Christchurch earthquake, which affected a lot of the
''There is nothing more powerful than hearing people talk
about something when you can see the emotion in their eyes.
The effect it had on them."
Everyone knows the end result of the documentary - a slim
one-point win over France - but would Cameron have made it if
the result had gone the other way?
''Probably, I don't know. There was a good story there to be
told. But the good thing is it turned out to be a good news
story and everyone loves those sorts of stories."
• Weight of a Nation screens ON Sunday at 7.30pm on
Sky Sport 1.