‘Beau Knows’ and The Footy Show Feature Ipswich

The Footy Show’s Beau Ryan during his visit to Ipswich

Ex rugby league player and Footy Show favourite, Beau Ryan, visited Ipswich recently for his regular segment ‘Beau Knows’ and also to promote his brand new segment that aired live on Channel 9’s ‘The Beau Show’.

Beau visits Leagues Clubs in heartland towns around Queensland and in New South Wales to showcase the club, the town and to meet the fans.

Ipswich was chosen for the first segment because of its huge rugby league focus and the fact it is home of the QRL State champions, The Ipswich Jets.

Growing up in Wollongong Beau can’t remember a time where he didn’t have a footy in his hand. Playing since the age of seven and falling in love with the sport, he played his first professional game in 2007 when he says the highlight of his career was his first ever game for the West Tigers. He went on to have an amazing career playing for the Tigers until 2012 before going to the Cronulla Sharks where he played until 2014.

Up until 2013 Beau was lucky, with no major injuries during his whole career, until 2013 when he seriously injured his neck. It was this injury that eventually made him retire from competitive football in 2014.

Although still in love with the game and otherwise physically fit and healthy, the location of the injury meant that he couldn’t continue to play.

“I had to put my health and my family first,” Beau said.

“My wife told me if I didn’t stop playing NRL she wouldn’t be able to watch me play anymore, so I made the decision to retire early.”

Always a regular on the Footy show during his career, he became a permanent fixture after announcing his retirement. The loveable, and let’s face it, easy on the eye character has a way with engaging with the fans and making people laugh.

Fans watching the Ipswich coverage on the show saw Beau appear at the Ipswich Corporate Centre with Eric Grothe, who also played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, and a good friend of Beau.

It was an exciting evening for the Footy Show and the Ipswich Jets fans, featuring Beau’s new and regular segments, as well as the ‘Love in the Club’ feature. In this quirky segment single fans are matched with other single fans, during live crosses to the Channel 9 studio.

This made for hilarious television.

Catch Beau on his adventures around the country on Channel 9’s The Footy Show, Wednesday nights at 8.30pm.