In November 2022, England played host to the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. The unwavering action and genuine passion on display caught many new fans off guard. As the tournament progressed, the number of spectators, both in the stadiums and those tuning in on television, started to grow, marking a pivotal moment of visibility for the sport.
This documentary delves into the inner workings of the world’s top two wheelchair rugby league teams, England and France. It grants exclusive access to each team’s journey through the tournament, revealing their fierce rivalry and grievances regarding non-disabled players facing off against disabled team members as they vie for victory in the final showdown.
By shadowing players from both squads, both on and off the field, we are introduced to a diverse cast of characters who engage in and guide this demanding sport. We learn about the circumstances that led them to the game and gain insight into their often contrasting philosophies on who should participate and what defines an inclusive sport.
“Made of Steel” narrates a tale of resilience, self-sacrifice, and unwavering resolve… but most importantly, it unravels a fierce sporting competition between two teams hell-bent on emerging victorious.
Tune in to Storyville: “Made of Steel: Wheelchair Rugby’s Fiercest Rivalry” on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer, starting at 10 p.m. on 10th October.