A RETIRED Dragons wing who proposed to his girlfriend because of her support through difficult times will marry her on a TV show.

The couple will appear on next Thursday’s Don’t tell the Bride where they are given £14,000 and three weeks to plan their wedding. However, every aspect of the ceremony must be organised by the groom - with no contact with the bride.

Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Pewtner, who had to retire early from playing professional rugby because of a severe head injury, said he and his partner-now-wife Mrs Zoe Pewtner decided to apply for the show as a joke.

“We never thought we would get it,” said Mr Pewtner, who decided to organise a Roman-themed wedding in Caerleon. “But, to be honest, I really enjoyed taking part in the programme, I thought it was very good.

“It was exciting, but also hard work.

“I was constantly thinking how to get it right for Zoe and the guests. There are so many things you have to think about.

“I don’t think she enjoyed it as much though.”

Mrs Pewtner, a 23-year-old beautician, said: “I found it very stressful. It was very hard to have no contact whatsoever with Matthew for three weeks. Three weeks is a very long time.

“Personally, I’d not do it again. But, to anyone who is thinking of taking part in the programme, I’d say to go with an open mind.”

Mr and Mrs Pewtner have known each other all their lives. They had a summer romance when they were about 12, but they didn’t get together until they were 21.

In February, Mr Pewtner was forced to retire from playing rugby because of a severe head injury. “I still have symptoms and I can’t play rugby never again,” he said.

“When I was going through all this, Zoe was extremely supportive.

“Asking her to marry me was my way of saying thank you for sticking with me after those hard months.”

You’ll be able to find out all the details about the wedding – including the dress, the exact venue in Caerleon and the bride’s reaction - when show is aired next Thursday at 9pm on Sky1.