Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
While it is really helpful to know something about the game of rugby to fully appreciate this film, and it would be even better if the viewer was familiar with the competitions between Wales and New Zealand in the mid-1960s, the fundamental premise is something almost any former athlete can appreciate. In the story, in 1966, New Zealand and Wales were in finals competition for an important rugby title, and the score was really close. In fact, the outcome hinged on a decision by a "sideline judge" (something like a referee). Now it is almost fifteen years later, and the judge is on his deathbed, making an urgent confession about something that has worried him all these years: he knowingly made an unfair call. Their victory tarnished, the movers and shakers in Welsh rugby are incensed, as are their counterparts in New Zealand. They insist that the match be replayed -- with the original players. The only problems is, they have for the most part all become out-of-shape middle-class men with beer bellies. Fans of the game should note that among the actors playing on these teams are quite a few former rugby greats from the 1960s.