The brand new series of A Question of Sport begins tomorrow night on BBC One, with the sports quiz receiving a major switch-up of stars ahead of its 51st season.
Longtime host Sue Barker and team captains Matt Dawon and Phil Tufnell left the show earlier this year after over 10 years as the show’s presenting trio, with Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness stepping in to front the BBC show.
Now new team captains I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! alumni Sam Quek and Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant Ugo Monye will be the athletes behind the Question of Sport podiums – but who exactly are they?
Here’s everything you need to know about the brand new Question of Sport captains.
Who are the new Question of Sport captains?
Job: Former Olympian, field hockey player and television personality
Sam has been a well-known face here in the UK for some time now, beginning with her hugely successful sporting career. She competed as a hockey player and represented the country on some of the biggest stages. She and her teammates won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Since retiring from hockey, she has made the leap onto our TV screens in a presenting role where she has fronted shows focused on various sports including the NFL, rugby and, of course, hockey. She was most recently part of the presenting line-up for the 2021 Olympics and other notable work includes appearing on 2016’s I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!.
Speaking about her new role, Sam said: “This really is my dream job! I’ve watched A Question Of Sport since I was a little girl and my ambition to appear on the show came true five years ago, but I never thought that I would one day be a captain. And the first female captain in the show’s 50-year history too. I have some huge shoes to fill as Matt and Phil are two of the greatest captains to have ever appeared on the show, but it’s thanks to trailblazers like Sue Barker that I now have this opportunity. I’ll give it my all and make sure I enjoy every minute of the ride.”
Job: Sports pundit and former rugby union player
Ugo is a former rugby union player, who has represented England on the international stage 14 times over the course of his career. For Harlequins, he notched up 241 appearances and they were the only team that he played for at club level – we respect the loyalty.
Since he retired from the game, Ugo has moved into sports punditry and he hosts the Rugby Union Weekly podcast for the BBC. Now he’s sitting in a captain’s chair for A Question of Sport
Chatting about joining the show, Ugo said: “It’s an incredible honour to be selected as A Question Of Sport’s team captain. It’s a show I have watched my entire life, so to be named as a captain is truly humbling. A Question Of Sport has had some phenomenal team captains from rugby over the years with legends like Bill Beaumont and more recently Matt Dawson, so I’m looking forward to hopefully adding to that list. I’d like to thank Sue Barker, Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson for making the show what it is today. I’m hoping to be as welcoming as they have been with guests, as competitive and have just as much fun!”