Rugby: Wales coach Warren Gatland worries Six Nations behind-the-scenes doco may reveal too much

Warren Gatland named Wales coach - again
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Wales coach Warren Gatland warns that a planned Netflix documentary on this year's Six Nations tournament may feature some strong language from the dressing room.

Netflix will produce a 'behind the scenes' documentary on the Six Nations along the lines of those recently aired for Formula One and tennis. It will be released in 2024.

Gatland, who took charge of Wales for a second time in December, after the departure of Wayne Pivac, says he has learned from previous experiences that building a good relationship with film crews is important, yet he is concerned by a lack of editorial control over the show.

"It is almost like [them] being invisible, so you find yourself just carrying on with your normal routine in terms of their involvement and the trust you build up with them," said Gatland.

"The challenge with the Netflix team is that my understanding at the moment is that we don't have any editorial rights and that is maybe a little bit of a concern.

"You want to make sure that you're able to protect yourself, because I can tell you now that in a rugby environment, when you are talking about creating emotion, the language and the phrases used aren't always appropriate."

Gatland adds that strong language is occasionally used during team talks to get the best out of players.

"When you are talking about nations playing each other, some of the things that are said in the changingroom might not be something that is always believed [by the person saying it], but it is about getting the best out of the performance," he said. "There's a few things we need to be conscious of and iron out.

"The last thing that we need is to be bland in the way it comes across, but I'm also conscious that we need to protect ourselves too. That is pretty important."

This year's Six Nations championship begins on February 4.