Wannabes vie for rugby ace

Nickie Hedger (middle row, in green)
Nickie Hedger (middle row, in green)
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A FYLDE coast beauty queen is hoping to lock in a scrum with rugby ace Gavin Henson during his quest for love on a new television show.

Gorgeous Nickie Hedger, from Cleveleys, stars alongside the Welsh rugby union player in a new series of The Bachelor.

The 22-year-old was among 25 girls battling to touch down with Gavin and win over his heart on the Friday night Channel 5 programme.

Nickie, an actress and model, who jetted out to a glamorous location on the Côte d’Azur in France to film the show, said: “It was out of this world, the best thing I’ve done.

“I think about 10,000 girls applied. My manager told me about it so I thought I’d give it a go. We had loads of auditions and interviews to make sure we were fit and healthy.”

The first show, which aired on Friday, saw the girls’ arrival at a luxurious villa and a speed dating session with the rugby hunk.

Nickie, who has a two-year-old son called Alfie, won Miss Blackpool Town in 2007 and represented the resort in a Miss England final.

The former Hodgson High School pupil has recently finished filming a couple of short films which are currently being shown at movie festivals.

She added: “I was so shocked when I got out of the limo and saw Gavin there. I thought he was gorgeous, I was excited.

“The area we filmed was beautiful but I really missed Alfie.”

The next episode will see the beauties take on challenges to impress Gavin.

The Bachelor airs at 10pm on Fridays on Channel 5.