Rugby fan Ollie from Portslade finds TV fame in advert

The Argus: Rugby fan Ollie from Portslade finds TV fame in advert Rugby fan Ollie from Portslade finds TV fame in advert

A rugby fan has experienced new-found fame after starring alongside a friend in a series of TV adverts.

Ollie Jessup, 34, from Southon Close in Portslade rarely misses a match at The Rec to watch his beloved Bath and was picked out from the crowd by producers.

He and Gloucester Rugby supporter Ed Scrivener are usually West Country rivals, but the two friends impressed producers at Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva with their double act during Bath’s victory over Gloucester at The Rec in October.


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Aviva scoured the country looking for the most passionate fans, with each Aviva Premiership Rugby club having a supporter featured in the new adverts.

Mr Jessup got the nod to represent Bath in the adverts, which will wrap around the Aviva Premiership Rugby highlights show on ITV.

He said: “It’s a 280-mile round trip to Bath and a 5am start and I have to get a permission slip from my wife Katherine – but she’s usually good about it.

“It’s slightly bittersweet having Ed along, but we do have a great rivalry.

“I was amazed we got selected, actually, I’m guessing the other people who auditioned were pretty hopeless – but it was quite exciting when we got the call.

“Katherine usually does the shopping so I think I’ll be okay out and about coping with the fame.”

The pair have not missed a match between their two clubs since meeting at work three years ago.

Louisa Cheetham, senior partnership manager at Aviva, said: “What we’re trying to do is really get to the heart of what matters to rugby fans from the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs.

“I think what’s been absolutely fantastic is we’ve seen the passion of all the fans, from an 82-year-old Leicester Tigers supporters to a pair of eight-year-olds who love Exeter Chiefs.

“And I think it’s absolutely testament to how wonderfully supportive the fans are, and who are ultimately at the heart of everything we're doing with rugby and makes it the great game that it is.”

For more information about Aviva, sponsors of Premiership Rugby, visit aviva.co.uk/insurance.

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11:05am Sat 11 Jan 14

Grumpy Old Cyclist says...

Well done Argus an article about Rugby rather than more dribble, sorry I meant drivel about football. One of your reporters might even venture to see Worthing Raiders play in National One. Hope we don't have to wait to long before Rugby becomes mainstream reporting.
Well done Argus an article about Rugby rather than more dribble, sorry I meant drivel about football. One of your reporters might even venture to see Worthing Raiders play in National One. Hope we don't have to wait to long before Rugby becomes mainstream reporting. Grumpy Old Cyclist

1:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

Dave At Home says...

Is it too much to identify Ollie in the photo, as I see two people and no caption as to who is who. Another story for Putins men.
Is it too much to identify Ollie in the photo, as I see two people and no caption as to who is who. Another story for Putins men. Dave At Home

6:19am Sun 12 Jan 14

Grumpy Old Cyclist says...

Dave At Home wrote:
Is it too much to identify Ollie in the photo, as I see two people and no caption as to who is who. Another story for Putins men.
If you read the article you would be able to identify which is Ollie as he is wearing a Bath Rugby Club shirt!!
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Is it too much to identify Ollie in the photo, as I see two people and no caption as to who is who. Another story for Putins men.[/p][/quote]If you read the article you would be able to identify which is Ollie as he is wearing a Bath Rugby Club shirt!! Grumpy Old Cyclist

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