|Ryan at the premiere of Hercules, June 2014|
11 May 1985 |
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Wing, Centre, Fullback|
|2012||Prime Minister's XIII||1||1||0||0||4|
|As of 18 March 2013|
|Source: League Central RLP|
Beau Ryan (born 11 May 1985) is a retired Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wests Tigers of the National Rugby League. Ryan is also well known for his comedic work on The Footy Show. On 5th June 2014, Beau Ryan announced his immediate retirement whilst on the football show, due to a neck injury.
Ryan was raised in Albion Park 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 under coach Steve Price, but left the club as he was behind centres Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier and Wes Naiqama.
Professional playing career
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.
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." 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, and was named in the Prime Minister's XIII at the end of the regular season.
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."
Ryan started playing for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the 2013 NRL season, during which the club was being investigated by ASADA. 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.
"The most diverse, interesting and funny footballer-come-entertainer I’ve ever seen."
From 2009, Ryan began making regular comedic appearances on The Footy Show, and in 2010 started his own comedy segment, "Beau Knows...". He has also created two popular characters; DJ Yallah, a Lebanese-Australian DJ from Bankstown and Donnie Palmer, a Titans trainer who is obsessed with doing stretches.
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." Ryan continued on The Footy Show, with a larger role in 2012.
During the 2013 Footy Show, Ryan has a new segment called "Footy Show Multi-Channel network" which 'interrupts' the show. The segment shows Ryan sending up various players or celebrities including Sonny Bill Williams (SBW TV), Cronulla team mate Paul Gallen (PG TV), South Sydney's Sam Burgess (SB TV, which often involves Ryan also doing a parody of singer Susan Boyle), the former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd (KRUDD TV), as well as a parody of his close friend and former Wests Tigers team mate Benji Marshall (B TV) and occasionally he appears as himself (BR TV, usually after Sonny Bill Williams says a comment about him).
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. The couple married on 14 October 2012, and Kara gave birth to their daughter Remi in January 2013.
- 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.
- Andrew Webster (25 June 2011). "Serious side of funnyman Beau Ryan". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 3 January 2011.
- 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.
- "Tigers sign extended deals for trio". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "NRL STATISTICS". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September.
- "Injuries force changes to PM's XIII". ABC News. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Beau Ryan's Wests Tigers Departure: Matty Johns Has His Say". Triple M. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Cronulla Sharks winger Beau Ryan retires from rugby league due to neck injury, The Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Big Dell added to Sports Star guests". Kiama Independent. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- Glenn Jackson (3 April 2010). "Why the Tigers' TV talent is laughing". The Age. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
- Phil Rothfield (6 September 2011). "Beau Ryan knows how to juggle careers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- A bub for West Tiger's star Beau Ryan
- Beau Ryan’s wife Kara has given birth to the couple’s first child
- "Beau Ryan shows his inner Zoolander". Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.