Two young rugby fans are starring in a new series of TV adverts for the top-flight game.

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Eight-year-olds Jack Garner and Finn Cotton, who both attend St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh, were selected to appear on behalf of Exeter Chiefs in the commercials for Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva.

A film crew visited Jack and Finn at Sidmouth RFC, where they play, last month, to catch them in action at a training session with some of their teammates.

The boys were interviewed and filmed playing rugby, and had their photos taken by a professional photographer.

They are both excited about appearing in the adverts, which began airing around ITV’s rugby highlights this week.

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

Jack said: “It’s cool because you get to be on TV. My friends have been asking when it’s going to be on because they want to watch it.”

The boys were selected for the adverts after wowing casting directors at an audition with their enthusiasm for the Chiefs, and are appearing alongside likeminded fans representing teams across the country.

Jack’s dad Tom, an estate ranger for Clinton Devon Estates, said: “It’s been really exciting for them, they’re big Exeter Chiefs fans anyway so to be filmed doing what they love is fantastic, they’ve been talking about it all week.

“My parents especially are big rugby fans and love the Aviva Premiership Rugby programme so to tell them Jack was going to be on TV was really special.”

Jack’s mum Rachel Garner added: “They eat, breathe and sleep rugby and it’s a great opportunity for them.

“Jack Nowell is Jack’s hero; he has pictures all over the wall of him. We’ve umpteen numbers of autographs from programmes of all of the Chiefs players - in fact I know most of the Chiefs players now - and if he’s not at school or asleep he’s playing rugby, watching rugby or reading about rugby.”


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