Beau Ryan (born 11 May 1985) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and Television Personality living in Sydney who played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. Ryan is also well known for his comedic work on The Footy Show. On 5 June 2014, Beau Ryan announced his immediate retirement whilst on The Footy Show, due to a neck injury. Beau Ryan released a single, "Where You From?" featuring Justice Crew on 19 September 2014.

Beau Ryan
Beau Ryan November 2014.jpg
Ryan at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards In Sydney
Personal information
Born (1985-05-11) 11 May 1985 (age 34)[1]
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
PositionWing, Centre, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–12 Wests Tigers 104 46 0 0 184
2013–14 Cronulla Sharks 22 7 0 0 28
Total 126 53 0 0 212
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012 Prime Minister's XIII 1 1 0 0 4
Source: [2][3]


Ryan is of distant Irish heritage and was raised in Albion Park[4] and played junior football with Wests Illawarra. In 2003, Ryan was selected to represent in the New South Wales Schoolboys team. In 2005 he won the Jersey Flegg Cup with the St. George Illawarra Dragons team[5] under coach Steve Price, but left the club as he was behind centres Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier and Wes Naiqama.[6]

Professional playing careerEdit

Wests TigersEdit

Ryan joined the Wests Tigers and made his debut in round 16 of the 2007 NRL season. He played a further two games that year, scoring a try in his second appearance. The next season, he played in 15 games.

From 2009 onwards, Ryan was a regular winger for the Wests Tigers. He scored a personal best 13 tries that year, including seven tries in the last 4 games. Soon after, Ryan signed a contract to remain with the Tigers until the end of the 2012 season.[7]

Injury hampered Ryan's season in 2011, and he didn't take his regular position on the wing until round 14. He scored 8 tries in the remaining 13 games, including the last try of the qualifying final match against St George as the Wests Tigers came from 12-6 down at half time to win 21-12.

Ryan started the 2012 season by scoring 4 tries in his first 3 games. Later in the season he played games in the centres and at fullback (two after late withdrawals by Tim Moltzen), and it was said, "many good judges rate him the most improved player in the game."[4] He was one of the few players to play in all 24 games for the club in 2012, scoring 9 tries. He made 310 runs during the year, among the NRLs top twenty performers,[8] and was named in the Prime Minister's XIII at the end of the regular season.[9]

Having previously announced a contract extension on The Footy Show, Ryan later signed a three-year contract with the Cronulla Sharks. Ryan said, "I agreed to a three year deal but never received any formal documentation...I never got the opportunity to sign anything."[10]

Cronulla-Sutherland SharksEdit

Ryan started playing for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the 2013 NRL season, during which the club was being investigated by ASADA.[11] In the finals for this season, he scored a controversial 7th tackle try against the North Queensland Cowboys. This try would soon decide the match and retrospectively, knocked the Cowboys out of the competition.[12]

On 5 June 2014, Ryan announced his immediate retirement from rugby league on The NRL Footy Show, due to an ongoing neck injury.[13]

Television careerEdit

From 2009, Ryan began making regular "comedic" appearances on The Footy Show, and in 2010 started his own "comedy" segment, "Beau Knows...".[14] He has also created two popular characters; DJ Yallah, an Egyptian-Australian DJ from Bankstown and Donnie Palmer, a Titans trainer who is obsessed with doing stretches. Other material includes sketches mocking fellow NRL players.[15]

Former coach Tim Sheens said of Ryan's television appearances, "Some players play golf on their day off. He goes and has some fun doing some television. At the moment, TV is his interest and good luck to him as long as it doesn't overtake his football."[16] Ryan continued on The Footy Show, with a larger role in 2012.[4]

In early June 2016 Ryan was involved in controversial segment on The Footy Show which viewers deemed "racist" and "abhorrent". The Nine Network issued an apology for the segment.[17]

Ryan has advertising contracts for several clothing lines.[18]

In 2017 Ryan started filming for the new NRL/AFL cross code movie called “Chasing Comets” which was written and produced by fellow ex-NRL player Jason Stevens. Ryan featured in the movie as a rugby league player called Tom who played on the Comets team. The movie was released to Australian and New Zealand cinemas in 2018 and premiered on Network Ten in 2019. This movie was Beau Ryan’s debut of acting in a film.

In 2019, he was announced as the host of Network 10’s revival of The Amazing Race Australia, replacing Grant Bowler, who hosted the earlier Seven Network iteration of the show.

Music careerEdit

2014: Where You From?Edit

Ryan released his debut single titled "Where You From?" featuring Justice Crew on 19 September 2014. It was released through Sony Music Australia.[19] It debuted at number 19 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Ryan and longtime partner, Kara Orrell announced to Woman's Day they were expecting their first child and engaged to be married in August 2012.[21] The couple married on 14 October 2012, and Kara gave birth to their daughter Remi in January 2013.[22]

In September 2015 a story appeared in a magazine that Ryan had been involved in an affair with former Hi-5 singer Lauren Brant. Brant's fiancee stated that she admitted to the relationship while she and Ryan were appearing together in a Sydney Theatre production.[23] Ryan took leave from The Footy Show to spend time with his family with a Nine Network source saying he had issues he was dealing with.[24] He was removed by Woolworth's as the face of an advertising campaign.[25] Ryan returned to The Footy Show in October and neither denied nor admitted to the alleged affair but he apologised to people who had been hurt.[26] In an interview in 2016 he admitted knowing his wife was hurt and that he was embarrassed.[27]



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2014 "Where You From?"
(featuring Justice Crew)
19 Non-album single


  1. ^ Beau Ryan at the Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ League Central
  4. ^ a b c Phil Rothfield (20 July 2012). "Phil Rothfield talks footy, fun and Shire madness with Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan". Herald Sun. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  5. ^ Andrew Webster (25 June 2011). "Serious side of funnyman Beau Ryan". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  6. ^ Michael Chammas (5 August 2011). "Tiger who missed out on Dragons: Ryan recalls life in the junior ranks". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Tigers sign extended deals for trio". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Beau Ryan". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Injuries force changes to PM's XIII". ABC News. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Beau Ryan's Wests Tigers Departure: Matty Johns Has His Say". Triple M. 2 October 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Cronulla Supplements Timeline 21 August 2013". ABC News. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Cronulla Sharks go through as North Queensland Cowboys robbed by seventh tackle try 15 September 2013". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  13. ^ Cronulla Sharks winger Beau Ryan retires from rugby league due to neck injury, The Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ Glenn Jackson (3 April 2010). "Why the Tigers' TV talent is laughing". The Age. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  15. ^ "Cronulla Sharks and Footy Show star Beau Ryan announces retirement from the NRL, will focus on Channel 9 career 6 June 2014". Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  16. ^ Phil Rothfield (6 September 2011). "Beau Ryan knows how to juggle careers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Beau Ryan's racist Footy Show segment sparks outrage 3 June 2016". Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Beau Ryan shows his inner Zoolander". Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  19. ^ "Where You From? (feat. Justice Crew) - Single". iTunes Australia. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  20. ^ Ryan, Gavin (27 September 2014). "The Veronicas Become Second Brisbane Act of '14 Top ARIA Singles". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  21. ^ "A bub for West Tiger's star Beau Ryan". Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  22. ^ Beau Ryan’s wife Kara has given birth to the couple’s first child
  23. ^ "Cheating scandal: "Beau Ryan slept with my fiancée" 7 September 2015". Woman's Day. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  24. ^ "Beau Ryan and Lauren Brant reportedly had a romantic liaison, her ex-fiance claims 8 September 2016". News, Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  25. ^ "Beau Ryan dumped from Woolies ad campaign 10 September 2016". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  26. ^ "Beau Ryan addresses cheating accusations on The Footy Show 2 October 2016". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  27. ^ "Kara Ryan on Beau's affair scandal: 'I was actually more worried for him' 30 March 2016". Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  28. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Beau Ryan". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.

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