Beno Obano: Tub and England prop brings gamers’ eye to rugby union documentaries


Impressed from watching sports activities documentaries since his teenage years, Tub and England prop Beno Obano is now combining his personal private initiatives with a top-level taking part in profession

Final Up to date: 30/04/22 1:09pm

Beno Obano has been combining his taking part in profession with making documentaries

From the age of 18, Beno Obano has been a voracious shopper of sports activities documentaries. When he began watching them although, little did he know it will result in him sooner or later making his personal.

The Tub and England prop took his first steps into directing and producing in 2020 with the discharge of All people’s Sport, which examined discussions round perceptions of race and sophistication in rugby union, and the way the game needs to be open to all.

Obano, who cites the 30 for 30 documentary Unbelievable Lies on the Duke College lacrosse scandal as a specific favorite of his, has now gone behind the scenes together with his membership’s Gallagher Premiership rivals Harlequins to doc the reigning champions’ preparations forward of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.

“As I grew to become an grownup, I fell in love with sports activities documentaries and thought ‘I might do that’,” Obano informed Sky Sports activities on the premiere of the primary episode of his three-part mini-series Prep To Win: Harlequins.

“If you play sport you could have a little bit of confidence and also you assume ‘I will do that’ – and it labored out.

“All of us have these conversations on the aspect saying ‘this seems like rugby has a narrative to inform’. The entire gamers say it amongst themselves, so I simply thought ‘somebody has acquired to do it!’.

“I simply assume there may be numerous content material left on the desk for rugby usually, so it simply made sense to do it.”

It’s as a lot of a private challenge for Obano as Everbody’s Sport was, lifting the lid on the extraordinary and demanding coaching skilled rugby gamers undergo off the sector to allow them to carry out in entrance of hundreds of spectators each weekend throughout the season.

The sequence doesn’t draw back from tackling the hot-button problems with concussions and excessive tackles that are two of the main speaking factors in rugby for the time being both, with Obano keen to provide a gamers’-eye view of these.

“I believe it is vital to have folks within the recreation doing stuff,” Obano stated.

“If you make that content material and also you’re within the recreation, you simply have a unique means of viewing issues and I assumed that was fairly vital.

If you make that content material and also you’re within the recreation, you simply have a unique means of viewing issues.

Beno Obano

“The tales you inform, you are feeling genuine – otherwise you attempt to be, no less than, and that is actually the concept behind it.”

Obano has performed a hands-on function within the enhancing and manufacturing aspect of the sequence, a lot of which has been accomplished whereas he recovers from an ACL rupture – which, in a merciless coincidence, was sustained in Tub’s match in opposition to Harlequins again in October.

However whereas he’s eager to get again taking part in as quickly as doable, seeing the uncooked footage come to life to kind the sequence has not had him hankering to get again to the rigours of coaching.

“Coaching is a needed evil to get higher, however I do not miss it after I’m not coaching,” Obano stated. “I miss video games and I miss taking part in, I wish to play, however coaching is so you may play properly and revel in taking part in.

Beno Obano won his first England Test caps in 2021

Beno Obano gained his first England Take a look at caps in 2021

“In a roundabout means, I used to be lucky I used to be injured this yr. I began it not being injured, however then numerous stuff began to construct up in the direction of the discharge group.

“If I used to be taking part in it possibly would have gotten a bit of bit busy, however hopefully now what you’ve got accomplished places you in good stead to do it whilst you have time to do it.”

Having gained his first England Take a look at cap final yr as a substitute within the 2021 Six Nations conflict with Scotland and adopted that up with additional appearances of the bench within the mid-year wins over the USA and Canada, Obano nonetheless has a lot to sit up for his taking part in profession.

He admits he has not considered whether or not he might be embarking on one other documentary challenge any time quickly, though it will not be a shock to see him behind the digicam once more quickly.

“As a result of there may be a lot work to it I stated ‘I am not doing one other one’ – and that is what I stated about this one as properly,” Obano stated with fun. “So, we’ll discover out if I find yourself doing one other one or not.”

PREP TO WIN: HARLEQUINS might be obtainable completely on Prime Video on Thursday, April 28 within the UK and Eire. Prime Video is offered on Sky Q and Sky Glass through the app.



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