About the Show

Australia’s first rugby league reality series begins with the global premiere of The NRL Rookie on Tuesday, May 31, at 7.30pm on 9GO! Australia and via international networks around the world.

The winner of The NRL Rookie will land the coveted prize of a contract with one of the 16 clubs in the National Rugby League.

Twenty-eight finalists have been selected from thousands of applicants around the world – in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom and United States. They will be pushed to the absolute limits of physical and psychological endurance, with searching assessments of their rugby league skills, in a quest to win the ultimate prize.          

Episode one introduces series host Erin Molan (The NRL Footy Show) and the 28 candidates to Head Coach, Brad Fittler, who will mentor the Rookies throughout the competition.

Brad Fittler is one of Australia’s best-known rugby league talents. He was the youngest ever NSW State of Origin player (debuting in 1990 at the age of 18), captained 14 teams in Origin from 1990-2004, won two premierships (with the Panthers and the Roosters) and is currently an expert commentator for Channel Nine.

Molan and Fittler will be joined by former rugby league greats Mark “MG” Geyer and Adrian Lam, who will act as the forwards and backs coaches respectively.

In each episode the coaching team will be joined by current and former NRL players to manage, educate and motivate the Rookies through their mountainous challenges. These guests include Rugby League Immortal Wally Lewis, Billy Slater, Darren Lockyer, Paul Gallen, Anthony Minichiello, Adam “Mad Dog” MacDougall and Robbie Kearns. Boxing champ Danny Green will also be featured.

The high-performance training program will develop the abilities of the contestants, with weekly challenges and matches against elite opposition. The show is shot on location in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland. Each contestant faces the acid test of his ability to perform as an individual and within a team, physically, tactically and emotionally – on the road to making history as The NRL Rookie.

The Episode 10 Live Finale will take place at The Star Event Centre, Sydney on August 2 where all 16 clubs will be represented and have the opportunity to sign the winner live on stage. To find out which NRL Club the NRL Rookie will sign with you'll have to stay tuned and watch live!

The NRL Rookie is Produced by McGuire Media in association with the NRL. The NRL Rookie is based on a format by McGuire Media and Foxtel.

 

WATCHING THE SHOW

AUSTRALIA

Each epsiodes will air five times each week on free to air television across the Nine Network:

  • PREMIERE – Tuesday – GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)
  • ENCORE 1 - Wednesday - CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS) 
  • ENCORE 2 - Saturday - CH9 1PM (BRIS)
  • ENCORE 3 - Sunday - CH9 2.30PM (SYD) 
  • ENCORE 4 - Monday - GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER)

Please note: these time may vary from week to week so be sure to check the local guides. 

If you don't manage to watch the show on TV then all episodes can be watched for free at any time right here on www.nrlrookie.com where you will also be able to watch a wide range of online exclusive extras.  

NEW ZEALAND

Free to air broadcaster TVNZ will be showing the NRL Rookie on the Duke Channel. 

The show will go on air simultaneous with Australia therefore 21:30 local NZ time, with another encore play later in the week. Please check the TVNZ website for more details (www.tvnz.co.nz).

If you don't manage to watch the show on TV then all episodes can be watched for free at any time right here on www.nrlrookie.com where you will also be able to watch a wide range of online exclusive extras. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

National Broadcasting Corp of PNG will be showing the NRL Rookie on the NBCTV Channel. Please check the NBCPNG website for more details (www.nbcpng.com).

If you don't manage to watch the show on TV then all episodes can be watched for free at any time right here on www.nrlrookie.com where you will also be able to watch a wide range of online exclusive extras. 

REST OF THE WORLD

Stay tuned for details on how, where and when you will be able to watch the NRL Rookie. 

 

NRL ROOKIE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

In order to be eligible for the program NRL Rookies had to meet the following criteria:

  • The Applicant had to be at least 20 years of age;
  • The Applicant must never have been on an NRL first grade Top 25 Squad List or played an NRL first grade game;
  • The Applicant must not have played a Second Tier NRL match (NSW/QLD Cup) or a Holden Cup U20's in either of the last three seasons (being 2013-2015).