Clydach boy Nathan to star in the BBC's Six Nations television coverage
COME on Wales! Rugby fans across Europe are readying themselves for the Six Nations tournament, in which Grand Slam Wales will be looking to keep their hands on the coveted trophy.
For the fans, there will be the usual roller-coaster of emotions, with highs, lows, (occasionally) magical rugby — and the BBC's annual television teasers which precede and follow each of the games.
In recent years, the teasers have become a firm fans' favourite, part of the Six Nations package, reflecting the mood of the nation as the teams works its way through the competition.
And this year, helping to articulate the country's feelings will be ten-year-old Nathan Blackmore-Davies.
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Nathan, who hails from Clydach, has been chosen to appear in the teasers, after auditioning successfully for the role.
The Gellionnen Primary pupil, who plays his rugby for Vadre RFC, will be playing the role of Scott — a young rugby fan named nominally after former Welsh and Lions legend Scott Gibbs.
He has already filmed the first of the series, and will continue to do so throughout the tournament, as the story unfolds according to the Welsh team's performances on the pitch.
Producer Phil Higginson said: "The campaigns have become legendary over the years, and we are always trying to find fresh ways to look at it.
"This year, we took the view that if you were a youngster growing up in the noughties, you would have experienced some pretty good times, and you would not have known about the 1980s and 1990s, when Welsh rugby was not the best it could have been. The teasers will see Scott talking with his screen dad, who tells him they can't always win a Grand Slam, although let's see how it unfolds!"
Nathan, a member of The Performance Factory Stage School, said: "It has been really fantastic. I couldn't believe it when I was told I had been chosen. Hopefully, we'll get the Grand Slam."