Rugby team set to tackle BBC’s Eggheads

Dean Notton, Jeff Carr, Michael Osterberger, Gareth Kemp and Doug Yates with the Eggheads and Jeremy Vine
Dean Notton, Jeff Carr, Michael Osterberger, Gareth Kemp and Doug Yates with the Eggheads and Jeremy Vine

Ellon Rugby Club are due to appear on prime time TV, not in a rugby match, but in a popular national TV quiz show.

The club will be taking on the best brains in Britain in the highly acclaimed BBC 2 show the “Eggheads”.

Although the show has already been filmed in Glasgow in January none of the five Ellon coaches who make up the challengers, were prepared to divulge the result.

“We have been sworn to secrecy,” said Gareth Kemp the club’s director of rugby.

He added: “The biggest challenge for me was to find enough anti-shine powder for the heads of the team, but it was a great experience for all of us, and hopefully will help raise the profile of the club in the north-east.”

The Ellon team was captained by Dean Notton who explained that the purpose of participating in the show was to raise cash for the club.

He said: “Any winnings would go to the club. It was also an opportunity to have some fun, which was just great.

“Jeremy Vine, the show’s host was a lovely guy, pleasant, but very professional,” said Mr Notton who has something of a track record of appearing on game shows, having appeared on the Weakest Link, Wheel of Fortune and a 100 Per Cent, but said: “It’s still nerve wracking.”

The team of five also included Jeff Carr, Douglas Yates and Michael Osterberger, all mightily impressed by all of the five Eggheads.

“Every one of them made us feel very welcome,” said Mr Notton.

The show goes out on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm on BBC 2.

Eggheads is a general knowledge quiz in which teams from all over the UK battle to beat the formidable Eggheads.

The series is one of the BBC’s most popular shows.