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The NRL Rookie

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Genre  Sport Reality
Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  10
Final episode date  2 August 2016
Network  9Go!
Cast  Erin Molan
Country of origin  Australia
No. of seasons  1
First episode date  31 May 2016
Presented by  Erin Molan
Number of episodes  10
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Starring  Brad "Freddy" Fittler Mark Geyer Adrian Lam Kate Baecher
Similar  Make Me a Supermodel, Beauty and the Geek Australia, The Amazing Race Aus, The Block, My Kitchen Rules

The nrl rookie

The NRL Rookie is an Australian National Rugby League reality television series that aired on 9Go!. The Rookies were coached by rugby league greats Brad "Freddy" Fittler, Mark Geyer and Adrian Lam. The winner of the show will be drafted to one of the 16 Australian National Rugby League (NRL) club's rookie list. The series was won by Lou Goodwin, who chose to be drafted to Canberra Raiders over the Gold Coast Titans.


Jake pig lee s audition tape for the nrl rookie

Captain Challenge

The Captain Challenges involves the rookies competing against each other in physical challenge of speed, endurance & strength each week. The rookie that comes first in the challenge will become weekly captain, they also cannot be cut from the competition during that week.

Game Day

All the rookies play as a football team to play a game of football each week. As they play the game, the 3 coaches will watch each rookie to assess the weakest from the strongest rookies and any improvements from previous weeks.

The Shed/The War Room

In The Shed, the rookies have a peer-to-peer session with psychologist Kate Baecher, as well as a group feedback session, this is where the rookies call out who they believe was weakest for the week & then vote for the bottom 3 rookies for The Cut.

In The War Room, the 3 coaches watch the session in The Shed on a television, this is where the give their final weekly assessment of each rookie.

The Cut

Every week, the rookies all stand on the field of Allianz Stadium as Freddy calls out the 3 weakest rookies of the week. The Captain Challenge winner has the option to swap a rookie for another or keep the 3 same rookies, one of the rookies will be chosen as the weakest of the 3 and be cut from the competition.

The Rookies

Daniel Caprice had previously represented England in rugby sevens while Lou Goodwin, Jesse Shearer and Jordan Martin had fathers who played first grade (Matt Goodwin, Dale Shearer and Paul Martin respectively).

Following the filming of the show, Luke Frixou, who had previously represented Cyprus in rugby union, was signed on a trial contract by the Salford Red Devils.

  • ^1 Matthew Johnstone was originally in the top 28 but didn't make it through to the top 14. After Matthew Gorman was injured prior to week 2's game, Johnstone was given a second chance in order to even out the teams for the match.
  • ^2 Roydon was cut before the Captain's Challenge due to breaking curfew after a night out.
  • ^3 Luke was cut at the end of the first half of Game Day due to his lack of proficient rugby league playing skills
  • Results Chart

  • ^4 Chris won the Captain Challenge for this week but since he was in the top four all of the rookies were up to be cut from the squad.
  •      Rookie was Captain Challenge Winner and had immunity for the week      Rookie made Captain's Call      Rookie returned to competition      Rookie was placed in bottom three or four      Rookie was put in bottom three or four by Captain      Rookie was put in bottom three or four by Captain and Cut From Squad      Rookie was Saved by Captain's Call      Rookie was Cut From Squad      Rookie was Cut before the Final Cut      Third Place      Runner-up      The NRL Rookie winner


    Each episode airs five times during the week on free to air television across the Nine Network and multichannel GO!


    The series broadcasts internationally on Duke (NZ), Sky Sports (UK), NBCTV (PNG) & FijiTV (Fiji).


    The NRL Rookie Wikipedia

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