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Matt Hancock given 'savage' nickname by Celebrity SAS instructors – Daily Record

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The former MP broke his rib during the filming of the series but kept his ‘mouth shut.’
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Matt Hancock shocked people across the nation with his debut on reality television last year by starring in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
And people were surprised even further when he even scooped runner-up on the ITV show, which planted a hunger for more reality TV fame.
The former health secretary is now one of the 16 celebrities taking part in the fifth series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as the group prepares to push both their minds and bodies to the limits in gruelling challenges.
And it appears he wasn't only a controversial contestant on I'm a Celeb, as he also gained a 'savage' nickname from one of the ex-Army directing staff (known as the Directing Staff) minutes into the first episode which aired last week.
After first meeting Hancock, DS Jason ‘Foxy’ pushes the controversial MP into a river in Vietnam and then turns to smirk at the camera. Ahead of the first big challenge, which sees the celebrities tasked with walking over a tightrope, Fox calls him “Hancock with a silent ‘han’”.
Prior to the first episode airing to viewers on Channel 4, the 44-year-old admitted the experience was one of the "toughest physical things [he’s] ever done." He added: "It really opens your eyes and makes you really look into yourself."
Things got more chaotic for Hancock as he was up against retired football professional Jermaine Pennant in a challenge which required them both to punch each other in the head until they were instructed to stop.
Speaking about the challenge Hancock said: "He's a former England footballer and he's no softy. At the same time, I was relieved that I wasn't being paired with somebody even bigger. Or a woman."
"But I thought 'This is a bad moment!' It didn't hurt nearly as much as I expected, actually, being smacked in the face. The bravery some people showed sticking at it, especially when there were unequal bouts," he added.
Despite him finding the series 'eye-opening' Hancock has admitted that it took its toll on his health and that he broke a rib during filming.
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