Sidmouth rugby boys to star on screen

Aviva Premership Highlights Debut for Sidmouth U9's


Sidmouth U9's were given a fantastic opportunity recently to experience all the excitement of televised rugby when Aviva sent a film production team down to The Blackmore. The squad experienced 2 hours of filming and interviews which will be screened on the ITV Premership Highlights programme as short edits starting from the Dec 22nd broadcast. The experience, which was offered to the club after two members of the squad, Jack Garner and Finn Cotton, were interviewed at a Exeter Chiefs home game in November, the boys interviewed so well that Aviva subsequently asked if the SRFC squad would like to be involved in the production of 'indents' for the Premership Highlights programme. The experience included interviews, filming of a training session, the squad running into camera and set up try scoring. Aviva have also kindly offered the boys tickets to an Exeter Chiefs home game and to go along to a chiefs first team training session with an opportunity to meet the players exclusively after the session. A fantastic way to end the first half of what has been a very successful first half to the season. 

writes Rob Bolton


Click here to read the press release on the Herald 24

Jack Garner and Finn Cotton were picked for the Exeter Chiefs side by league sponsors Aviva after a nationwide hunt at every Premiership Rugby ground.

The eight-year-olds were captured on camera in action at Sidmouth RFC training session and wowed casting directors as fans of the sport.

Finn said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience – I just couldn’t believe it.”

“They’re big Exeter Chiefs fans so to be filmed doing what they love is fantastic – they’ve been talking about it all week,” said Jack’s dad, Tom.

“My parents especially are big rugby fans so to tell them Jack was going to be on TV was really special.”


The young Exeter Chiefs team impressed the camera crew with a 40-6 victory over Worcester Warriors.

“I think I went into a bit of a flat spin thinking they were going to be on the telly,” said Jack’s mum, Rachel.

“If Jack’s not at school or asleep he’s playing rugby, watching rugby or reading about rugby.”

Fans have been taken from every Aviva team, and the boys’ opposite is an 82-year-old Leicester Tigers fan.

The adverts are due to debut on ITV on December 22 around the Aviva Premiership Rugby highlights show.