Beau Ryan

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Beau Ryan
Beau Ryan November 2014.jpg
Ryan at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Personal information
Born (1985-05-11) 11 May 1985 (age 30)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, 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
As of 18 March 2013
Source: Rugby League Project, League Central

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 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.


Ryan was raised in Albion Park[1] 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[2] under coach Steve Price, but left the club as he was behind centres Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier and Wes Naiqama.[3]

Professional playing career[edit]

Wests Tigers[edit]

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.[4]

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 (centre) while playing for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2012.

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."[1] 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,[5] and was named in the Prime Minister's XIII at the end of the regular season.[6]

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."[7]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit]

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.

On 5 June 2014, Ryan announced his immediate retirement from rugby league on The NRL Footy Show, due to an ongoing neck injury.[8]

Television career[edit]

From 2009, Ryan began making regular "comedic" appearances on The Footy Show,[9] and in 2010 started his own "comedy" segment, "Beau Knows...".[10] 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."[11] Ryan continued on The Footy Show, with a larger role in 2012.[1]

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), Former South Sydney player 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).

Music career[edit]

2014–present: 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.[12] It debuted at number 19 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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.[14] The couple married on 14 October 2012, and Kara gave birth to their daughter Remi in January 2013.[15]

Ryan has advertised products for Adidas, Tuffys underwear, Nena & Pasadena and Arnotts Shapes.[16]

In September 2015, it was rumoured that Ryan had cheated on his wife with former Hi-5 member Lauren Brant. It has been alleged the two engaged in sexual encounters on two occasions during their time performing in the production of Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp.[17] Reports suggested Ryan had stood down from his role on The Footy Show due to the matter but those reports were later found false.



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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Andrew Webster (25 June 2011). "Serious side of funnyman Beau Ryan". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Tigers sign extended deals for trio". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "NRL STATISTICS". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Injuries force changes to PM's XIII". ABC News. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Beau Ryan's Wests Tigers Departure: Matty Johns Has His Say". Triple M. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Cronulla Sharks winger Beau Ryan retires from rugby league due to neck injury, The Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Big Dell added to Sports Star guests". Kiama Independent. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Glenn Jackson (3 April 2010). "Why the Tigers' TV talent is laughing". The Age. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  11. ^ Phil Rothfield (6 September 2011). "Beau Ryan knows how to juggle careers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Where You From? (feat. Justice Crew) - Single". iTunes Australia. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (27 September 2014). "The Veronicas Become Second Brisbane Act of ’14 Top ARIA Singles". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  14. ^ A bub for West Tiger's star Beau Ryan
  15. ^ Beau Ryan’s wife Kara has given birth to the couple’s first child
  16. ^ "Beau Ryan shows his inner Zoolander". Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Beau Ryan and Lauren Brant reportedly had a romantic liaison, her ex-fiance claims". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Beau Ryan". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 

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