NRL Footy Show


NRL Footy Show Is Back Home On Thursday Nights With The Footy

The Logie Award-winning NRL Footy Show will return to its spiritual home of Thursday night in 2017 – beginning March 2 at 7.30pm, forming a formidable combination with Nine’s LIVE and FREE Thursday Night Football.

Footy Show panellists Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohman will be there before, during and after the action when the Cronulla Sharks host the Brisbane Broncos to start the 2017 NRL season.

In The Footy Show’s 24th year, rugby league fans will get unprecedented access straight from the get-go, taking you inside the winning team sheds for a post-match insight like never before.

Joining the Footy Show team on a regular basis throughout the season, to provide expert commentary and a few laughs along the way, will be some of the game’s biggest names including Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Sam Thaiday, James Maloney, Matt Moylan, as well as Jillaroos superstar Allana Ferguson and rugby league’s most loveable larrikin, Tommy Raudonikis, who will feature every week.

Everyone’s favourite segments are returning for 2017, headed up by Small Talk with The Big Marn, where Darryl Brohman will again put the footy schoolkids of Australia under the spotlight with more unscripted hilarious moments.

One of the show’s most popular segments, Player Probe, is back with a twist. This year the superstars of the NRL will go one on one with our own Beau Ryan, opening up to The Footy Show on all sorts of topics.

Speaking of Beau, Beau Knows is back, and he will continue to deliver his unique interviews and segments with his Hollywood heavyweight mates. Beau will have some new surprises as he reunites with his old partner in crime, Sharks star and two-time premiership winner, Chris Heighington.

Aussie actor/writer and director Brendan Cowell (now based in London) takes on the role of The Footy Show European and UK Correspondent, filing his first report from Wigan at the World Club Challenge, flying the Sharkies flag and singing “Up, Up, Cronulla.”

There will be more new segments including Between The Sticks, a weekly roundup of the best of country and local footy as well as keeping an eye on the NSW and Queensland Cups. And a new competition will feature the best team victory songs each week performed by any footy team in the land.

The Footy Show will hit the road this year with both State of Origin teams. Origin I will see the full show travelling to join the New South Wales Blues in their pre-game camp, and then it’s off to regional Queensland to capture all the Maroon madness in the build-up to Origin II. The final big outside broadcast will be our Grand Final spectacular, an all ages extravaganza in the sensational new ICC Sydney Theatre at Darling Harbour.

In an exciting and emotional initiative for 2017, Nine, in combination with the NRL and the Mark Hughes Foundation, officially announced today that Round 11 will exclusively be branded Beanies for Brain Cancer Round, with all funds raised going directly towards brain cancer research.

Footy Show favourite Paul “The Chief” Harragon joined his former Newcastle Knights premiership-winning teammate Mark Hughes to speak on the announcement today.

“I’m very proud to be an ambassador for the official Beanies for Brain Cancer Round,” Harragon said.

“Matt Callander and Mark Hughes are very dear friends of mine and both are fighting brain cancer. It’s very endearing that Matt, who came up with the concept, wanted all funds raised to go through the Mark Hughes Foundation.

“This is a very important initiative to raise awareness and funds which are absolutely vital to the pursuit of better treatments, remedies and ultimately a cure for brain cancer.”

Home Timber & Hardware and Sportsbet return to the show as long-running sponsors, joined this year by Chemist Warehouse and Telstra as the four major partners on the NRL Footy Show – the original and the best NRL footy program on Australian television.







NRL Footy Show Raises $570,000 In Record Breaking Starlight Telethon


The NRL Footy Show raised over $570,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation last night in its fifth annual Big Change for Little Champions Telethon – surpassing last year’s record.

In a huge response from the rugby league community, sick kids and their families across the country were given a helping hand with a range of large and generous donations streaming in once the phone lines opened.

Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohman and Beau Ryan started proceedings in the studio along with Allana Ferguson and Parramatta Eels star, Clint Gutherson.

Meanwhile in the Oxipay Call Centre, Australian Ninja Warrior host Ben Fordham and Nine NRL’s James Bracey joined as special guest hosts, with a great line-up of guests manning the donation lines, including Sticks and Wombat plus Clint and Hannah from The Block, Cronulla Sharks players Paul Gallen and Chris Heighington, Super Netball stars Kim Green and Paige Hadley, Australian Ninja Warrior’s Stephanie Magiros, Scott Evennett, Jenna Douros and Ryan Roberts, and rugby league legends Wayne Pearce and Steve Mortimer.

The NRL Footy Show has now raised over $2.5 million in five years of the Big Change for Little Champions Telethon. Last night’s final donation tally will be announced on the Grand Final Footy Show on Thursday, September 28, with a sizeable contribution still to come from show partner, Sportsbet.

Key Donations
NRL - $20,000
Nine Cares - $25,000
Jaycar Electronics - $50,000
Parramatta Leagues Club - $20,000
Soul Origin - $30,000
Brisbane Broncos - $5000
F45 Training - $70,000
Sony Music Australia - $3000
Canterbury Leagues Club - $25,000
Club Rivers - $5000
Cash Rewards - $20,000
Warner Bros. Movie World - $10,000
One Solutions - $5000





But wait - it’s being EXPANDED says News Corp



Channel Nine has finally worked out that rugby league’s biggest growth potential is in females.

It’s why old Paul Vautin has been axed as the Footy Show host after 23 years.

Rothfield says females are where the NRL’s growth is




New NRL Footy Host Erin Molan is pregnant to her fiancee, Sean Ogilvy.






The Nine Network today announced initial plans for the new-look NRL Footy Show.

Erin Molan has been confirmed as the host of the new Footy Show and she will be joined by members of the Wide World of Sports commentary team as well as former and current players in the new format of the The Footy Show which will be broadcast in 2018 after Nine’s regular Thursday night NRL games.

Erin Molan said: “I’m thrilled to be hosting a new-look Footy Show. It is a huge honour and one I am incredibly excited about. I am a journalist first and foremost and cannot wait to focus a bit more on football, but of course still have loads of fun.

“The panel will feature the best commentators, former and current players the game has to offer – and it will be a privilege to pick their brains – plus the best journalists with breaking news every week.”

Beau Ryan and Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohmann will return in 2018 to host their popular segments. This season Paul “Fatty” Vautin will move into the Wide World of Sports commentary box in, where he began with the Nine Network 25 years ago.

Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “We are delighted we’ve been able to retain Fatty’s services in the commentary box, and that Beau and Big Marn have agreed to roles for 2018 and beyond.

“The new Footy Show will better reflect the requirements of our NRL programming in 2018, with 23 nights of Thursday Night Football. There will be a greater focus on football with a mix of entertainment that is better suited to the later timeslot.”

New NRL Footy Show Executive Producer, Andy O’Brien, said of the changes “It’s extremely exciting to be part of the new era of such an endeared television program. We are working hard to create a show which honours the Footy Show’s rich heritage whilst reflecting the game and its fans in 2018 and beyond.”

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Ridiculous decision, IMO. I don’t see how it benefits the network in any way.





Popular rugby league personality and former Kangaroos, NSW Blues and Penrith Panthers star, Ryan Girdler, has signed on to join The NRL Footy Show from 2018.

Girdler, who holds the record for most points scored in a single match by a NSW Blues player, will join the panel fulltime alongside Andrew Johns, host Erin Molan and regular contributors Darryl Brohman and Beau Ryan in a new-look format for the show as it enters its 25th year on air.

Andy O’Brien, Executive Producer of The NRL Footy Show, said: “We’re thrilled that Ryan is joining The Footy Show. Ryan’s contributions over the years are well documented, from the early days on the panel to presenting his extremely popular Their House segment.

“What you see is what you get with Ryan, a good-humoured, good-natured, knowledgeable and experienced thinker. It’s great to have Girds talking footy on Nine.”

Nine’s Head of Rugby League, Simon Fordham, said: “At Nine we are all about creating ‘the best seat in the house’ for our viewers, and our rugby league experts are what set us apart. Ryan’s playing career is exemplary, having competed at the highest level over many years. Coupled with his likeable nature, it will make him a valuable addition to our rugby league lineup in 2018.”

Ryan Girdler said: “I’m really excited to be joining The Footy Show and for me the timing feels right. I can’t wait to talk footy with some of the greatest minds in the game on Nine’s commentary team every Thursday night in what is shaping up to be a huge NRL season.”

Girdler will make his fulltime debut on March 8 after the NRL season opener between the Dragons and Broncos, Live and Free on Nine.