Ever wondered what happens to the sports stars who don't quite make the big time? A new reality TV show will give them a fresh bite at stardom.

Three's 2nd Chance Charlie starts this week after whittling down applications for 100 nearly-men. Five made the cut and this week we will meet Otenili "Nili" Moala, Daniel Kauika, David Egelstaff, James Cockburn and Tai Tupou, who will compete for another crack at top-tier rugby.

They are taken through rigorous training and the winner lands a 12-week coaching and training programme with a Super Rugby team plus $10,000 prize money.

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Tupou, at 32, is the oldest Charlie and has reached top levels of both rugby and league but an ankle injury put his dreams of playing in the NRL on hold indefinitely and 22-year-old Kauika is the youngest of the finalists and was once selected for the U-18 Hurricanes development squad. He is stoked to get a second chance after he put his rugby career on hold when he joined the navy.

All five are compelling characters and have become firm friends during filming - despite the rivalry. Similar shows for football in the UK and American Football in the US have proved hugely popular.