Spencer Matthews among first celebrity contestants CONFIRMED for The Jump 2017

Rugby stars Jason Robinson OBE and Gareth Thomas have also signed up

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Channel 4 has today CONFIRMED the first three celebrity contestants for The Jump 2017 - including former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

Spencer has been keeping rather quiet since his controversial exit from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! last year.

Rumours suggested he'd return to the jungle show - but it turns out he's having a go at The Jump instead.

Meanwhile, two rugby stars have also been confirmed for the winter sports contest: former England captain Jason Robinson OBE, and Welsh international Gareth Thomas.

Gareth is no stranger to reality TV, having previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice.

The news was announced at Channel 4's Upfronts event at London's Roundhouse today, where Spencer appeared on stage alongside the broadcaster's controller Jay Hunt.

The rest of the line-up will be announced in due course, with presenter Davina McCall recently teasing that it's "unbelievable".

This year's competitors may be some of the bravest names in showbiz after the last series proved a disaster.

A whopping seven celebs withdrew due to injury - including Beth Tweddle, who suffered the most serious tumble to date. Meanwhile, Sarah Harding and Tina Hobley are reportedly still suffering several months on.

Despite the nightmare, C4 announced a fourth series of The Jump in July, following a "thorough review of safety standards".

It is due to begin in either January or February, and will once again run for six weeks.

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